As Americans brace for 2nd wave of COVID-19, here's why experts predict more infections but lower de

As the United States braces itself for a likely "second wave" of COVID-19 this fall, many experts are anticipating a spike in cases but some say that may not translate into an equally dramatic spike in deaths. A lot has changed since the pandemic first hit the U.S. earlier this year, when the nation's hospitals were overwhelmed with patients suffering a new, mysterious illness. Fast forward to September, and the pandemic is still surging out of control in many parts of the country, but relatively speaking, fewer patients are dying from the virus. Now, experts are pointing to several factors to explain why COVID-19 has become, in effect, a slightly less deadly illness: still far deadlier than the flu, but not as lethal as it was in those early days.