A new model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 will continue to decline over the next month.
The CDC estimates that weekly Covid deaths could be less than 4,000 by the week ending November 6.
In the same time period, the probability of hospitalization could be as low as 500 per week.
It comes as infections continue to decline across the US and the fourth wave of the pandemic driven by the Delta variant comes to an end.
A new CDC forecast projects COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the US will continue to decline. Pictured: Bodies are carried in a refrigeration truck serving as a makeshift morgue at Wyckoff Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in April 2020
Forecasts project that the number of weekly deaths will drop to 3,900 for the week ending November 6, from the current 12,100 per week (up).
On Wednesday, the US recorded 3,054 virus-related deaths and a seven-day rolling average of 1,657, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This represents a decrease of 13 per cent from the 1,917 average deaths recorded a month earlier.
The CDC expects this decline to continue into November.
According to the forecast, deaths are likely to decrease over the next four weeks, with 3,900 new weekly deaths and 13,100 new weekly deaths by November 6, 2021, the third straight week of a projected decline.
Additionally, the forecast predicts between 740,000 and 762,000 deaths by the first week of November.
Currently, there have been more than 717,000 Covid deaths since the pandemic began, Johns Hopkins figures show.
NS hospitalization model, made up of a set of six independent forecasters, is also expected to decline.
The CDC model suggests that a range of 500 new hospitalizations per week to 10,100 new hospitalizations per week will be reported by November 5, the fifth week of the projected decline.
As of Wednesday, 62,132 patients are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This is a drop of 33 per cent from the 93,703 hospitalizations reported four weeks ago.
Covid hospitalizations are also predicted to admit 500 new patients per week, a fifth straight week of projected decline (above
The CDC’s model isn’t the only one that predicted deaths would decline.
Another analysis, done by COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, which advises the CDC, was published last month and looked at different scenarios regarding the trajectory of the pandemic.
The researchers came up with four different scenarios, depending on whether children between the ages of five and 11 are authorized to be vaccinated and whether a new variant begins to spread.
The model does not advocate for or against childhood vaccinations, but only suggests that they be introduced by the fall of 2021.
Best-case scenario for deaths: Deaths could be estimated at 11,563 current weekly deaths, or down from 1,651 per day to 415 weekly deaths, or about 59 per day (up).
Worst case for deaths: Even a slight drop in weekly deaths by March 2022 (above) would be 4,922 or 703 daily deaths.
According to the model, this would result in a reduction of weekly COVID-19 deaths to 415 weekly deaths, or about 59 per day.
These are figures not seen since late March 2020, when states first began to close and enforce stay-at-home orders.
In a worst-case scenario, in which children are not approved for vaccination and a newer version that is 1.5 times more permeable begins to circulate, cases and deaths will still decline – but not by as much.
The model predicts that weekly cases will drop from this scenario to 467,507, or 66,786 daily infections, and 4,922 weekly deaths, or 703 daily deaths by next spring.
These numbers are similar to levels seen during the summer of 2020, in the middle of the second wave of the pandemic and after the deadly third wave in April 2021.