The US is in store for “some dark weeks ahead,” with an expected 500,000 Covid-19 deaths by mid-February, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, incoming director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday.
“By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country,” Walensky said in an interview on CBS.
An ensemble forecast published Wednesday by the CDC projects there will be 440,000 to 477,000 coronavirus deaths in the US by Feb. 6.
Nearly 400,000 American lives have been lost to Covid-19 to date.
“That doesn't speak to the tens of thousands of people who are living with a yet uncharacterized syndrome after they've recovered,” Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, said.
Some people who have had Covid-19 report experiencing symptoms months after testing positive.
“And we still yet haven't seen the ramifications of what happened from the holiday travel, from holiday gathering, in terms of high rates of hospitalizations and the deaths thereafter,” she said. “I think we still have some dark weeks ahead.”