15,000 Floridians could die from COVID-19 over next several months if precautions aren’t taken, health officials say

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Recent data is painting a grim outlook for Florida if preventative measures against COVID-19 aren’t taken.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is often cited by The White House, analyzed the state’s data and found that 15,000 Floridians could die of COVID-19 between now and Oct. 1.

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However, Dr. Ali Mockdad with the institute said we could save as many as 8,000 lives if all of us wear mask.

“Simply be wearing a mask, which is very cheap and available, we can save a lot of lives between now and October 1,” Mockdad said.

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There have been more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases in Florida in the past two days alone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that for every one coronavirus case, there could be as many as 10 people who are asymptomatic.

That’s why medical experts such as Mockdad say they can’t stress enough the importance of washing hands, social distancing and wearing masks.

“We can argue that some masks - (like) the N95 - are much better than the others, but even the one you make at home and you wear it correctly and protect your mouth and nose will stop the spread of the virus from you coming out and spreading it to someone else,” he said.

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The institute previously reported that wearing a mask could reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by 40% to 50%.

“A lot of people, because they don’t know an immediate person who had it, they’re like, ‘Oh, this is a lie, I’m not going to get it, I’m healthy,’” Orlando resident Teo Vazquez said. “Well, you might be healthy, but you’re going to get it spread further.”

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