In a forecast from the University of Washington’s pandemic forecasting team, it is estimated that close to another 200,000 Americans are likely to dies between now and May 1st — a frightening picture.

It is reported that more than 430K Americans have already died in this pandemic. Even with strict nationwide precautions (ie. Masks, no gatherings, 6ft distancing) the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluations predict that 130,000 more people could die within the next few months.

It was predicted from the beginning that the coronavirus would mutate and now the new variants are present . Today it is known that there is at least two more contagious variants spreading around the US.

“This virus will continue for certain to evolve and mutate,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a call with reporters on Friday.

Both Federal and local governments are rushing to vaccinate the population, but it is likely that the majority of Americans will have to wait till summer to get immunized.

President Biden’s first executive order was a federal mask order. This order only affects federal offices and contractors, as he cannot dictate what states do. The CDC is currently looking into whether ‘double-masking’ might help. Experts have recommended that Americans begin wearing N-95 hospital quality face masks, however these are still in short supply. 

With Biden in office, the new administration has set more rigorous testing requirements for international travel. They are currently debating whether this is necessary for domestic travel as well.

With the new variants spreading, the new CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says that we as Americans need to double down on all of the current prevention practices. However, many Americans are still not doing the bare minimum.

“The emergence of variants underscores the need for public health action. First, get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” Walensky told a White House briefing this week.

“Second, wear a mask. Practice social distancing and wash your hands. And finally, now is not the time to travel. But, if you must, be safe and follow the CDC guidance.”