A mix of early reopenings and disregard for personal safety measures have prompted researchers to increase their projections of COVID-19 deaths.
One model cited by the White House now predicts more than 200,000 U.S. deaths from coronavirus by October 1. That number went up by 30,000 since last week’s projection by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere says part of the reason for the increase is that cabin fever has set in and people are growing increasingly eager to get out of the house.
On top of COVID-19 restrictions, Dr. Gardere says he’s also seeing more anxiety and tension building up due to people losing jobs and struggling financially as well as the recent death of George Floyd which has sparked national outrage and grief.
Dr. Gardere says it’s important people do not throw caution to the wind. He references two old sayings, suggesting people keep them in mind as we move forward with reopening phases.