The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States surpassed 800,000 on Tuesday, a previously unthinkable amount that is especially heartbreaking considering that more than 200,000 of those lives were lost after the vaccination became essentially free last spring.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of fatalities is almost equivalent to the population of Atlanta and St. Louis combined, or Minneapolis and Cleveland combined. It’s about the same number of Americans who die each year from heart disease or stroke.
The death toll in the United States is the greatest of any country. The United States has around 4% of the world’s population but accounts for nearly 15% of the 5.3 million coronavirus fatalities since the pandemic began in China two years ago.
Because of cases that were neglected or disguised, the real mortality toll in the United States and throughout the world is considered to be much higher.
According to a highly regarded forecasting model developed by the University of Washington, there will be over 880,000 recorded fatalities in the United States by March 1.
President Joe Biden spoke about a “tragic milestone” on Tuesday. He advised unvaccinated Americans to obtain injections for themselves and their children, as well as those who had previously been vaccinated to receive booster shots.
“I implore all Americans to perform their patriotic responsibility to keep our nation secure, to defend yourself and those around you, and to pay tribute to all those who have died,” Biden added. “Now is the moment,” says the narrator.
Many of the fatalities in the United States were especially tragic since they might have been avoided with the vaccine, which began available in mid-December last year and was made available to all adults by mid-April this year.
Approximately 200 million Americans, or slightly over 60% of the population, are completely vaccinated. That is far less than what experts believe is required to keep the virus under control.
Dr. Chris Beyrer, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, remarked, “Nearly all of the individuals dying are now dying avoidable deaths.” “And it’s because they haven’t been inoculated.” And you know it’s a horrible tragedy, God.”
The country’s mortality toll was over 300,000 when the vaccine was initially introduced. It peaked at 600,000 in mid-June and then topped out at 700,000 on Oct. 1.
The United States has breached the most recent barrier, with new cases and hospitalizations on the rise, fueled by the extremely infectious delta variety, which emerged in the first half of 2021 and now accounts for nearly all infections. The omicron variety is already making its way across the country, however experts are unsure how harmful it is.
In March or April 2020, one of the worst-case scenarios predicted upwards of 240,000 fatalities in the United States, according to Beyrer.
“And I saw that figure and thought to myself, ‘Wow, that’s great,'” he remarked. “And now we’ve surpassed three times that figure.” “And I believe it’s fair to say that we’re still not out of the woods,” he continued.