The U.S. could see another 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the next three months if people don’t take mitigation measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing seriously, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” largely because of the stress to the health system, CDC Director Robert Redfield said Wednesday during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.
The coronavirus is surging across the entire nation, and the health care system is being strained nearly to the breaking point in many states. At least 270,000 people have died, including nearly 2,600 on Tuesday, the highest single-day death toll of the pandemic so far.
Redfield said 90 percent of hospitals are in the red zone,