A University of Washington model projects the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 will climb to just above 224,000 by Nov. 1, up 16,000 from a prior forecast, due to rising infections and hospitalizations in many states.

California’s governor clamped new restrictions on businesses as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared, and the state’s two largest school districts – in Los Angeles and San Diego – said children would be made to stay home in August.

Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, as the Trump administration renewed a push for schools to reopen and anti-mask protests were planned in Michigan and Missouri.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he would sign an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings outdoors to prevent a resurgence of the novel coronavirus whenever social distancing is not possible.

The World Health Organization is reviewing a report that suggested the WHO’s advice on the novel coronavirus needs updating, after some scientists told the New York Times there was evidence the virus could be spread by tiny particles in the air.

In the battle against COVID-19, the United States continues to see spikes in multiple states, and the nation’s top virus expert says the next few weeks will be critical to contain the spread of the disease that has caused the death of more than 121,000 Americans.

Polls show that up to 50 percent of Americans are unwilling to be vaccinated against COVID-19 once a vaccine becomes available.

Keeping at least one meter apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission.

Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, but the occasional person wearing a mask was a constant reminder that the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Klick Health made the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) 3D model it designed available as an open-source asset to news media and others looking to visually represent the COVID-19 virus with as much detail and accuracy as possible. The new 3D model is available for download as an illustration and video animation at covid19.klick.com.