The model now projects 137,184 U.S. deaths through early August, up almost 3,000 from a previous estimate on May 4. Factoring in the margin of error, the new projection ranges from 102,783 to 223,489 U.S. deaths.
Institute Director Christopher Murray said while greater movement increases the risk of contagion, more testing and higher seasonal temperatures would temper disease spread.
The IHME model has generally offered a more optimistic forecast on health system capacity, cases and deaths than other experts have predicted.
Murray echoed other public health experts, saying there’s a significant likelihood of new infections without accelerated testing, contact tracing, isolating people who test positive, and widespread use of masks in public.