Worrisome forecasts for COVID-19 in NJ

Another 1,500 New Jerseyans are predicted to die from COVID-19 by December if mask-wearing, social engagement and immunization levels remain relatively stable in the months to come, according to one well-known statistical model. If infection-control measures decline and the coronavirus becomes more transmissible, according to that model, the death toll could be more than double that estimate.

While predictions from models like this, created by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, have not always been highly accurate, experts said they underscore the importance of individual actions in protecting public health and can help health officials make sure they have proper resources in place. “There are a lot of smart people behind these efforts, but from my […].

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