“As a result, COVID-19 spread among attendees. Remember, the best way to celebrate #MothersDay and any other occasion is by STAYING HOME and staying healthy”
Louisiana health officials suggested safe alternatives, like having a virtual brunch together.
‘Explosive increases in mobility’ leads to more projected deaths
A projection model cited by the White House now predicts thousands more deaths, largely due to “explosive increases in mobility in a number of states.”
IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said cell phone data shows Americans are moving more, suggesting more infections to come.
“What’s driving the change is, simply put, the rise in mobility,” Murray said. “We’re seeing in some states a 20 percentage point increase in just 10 days in mobility. And that will translate into more human contact, more transmission.”
He said the top five states that have seen increased mobility are Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Georgia.
Other states have seen a 15-20 percentage point increase in mobility, according to an IHME press release: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
For those who might succumb to new infections, “around three weeks is the average time between infection to death,” said Gu, citing studies from Italy and China.