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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States has reached 800,000

The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.s has surpassed 800,000

Key takeaways:

  • The milestone means that the number of deaths from this single virus in the U.s now exceeds the entire population of North Dakota.
  • Scientists are still assessing the new Omicron variant’s impact and whether vaccines could provide adequate protection against it.

As per the Reuters tally, the United States reached 800,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, as the country braces for a potential surge in infections due to more time spent indoors with colder weather and the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus.

The achievement means that the death toll in the United States from this single virus now exceeds the entire population of North Dakota.

Despite widely available vaccines, the country has lost more lives to the virus this year than in 2020, owing to the more contagious Delta variant and people refusing to be immunized against COVID-19.

Around 450,000 people in the U.S. have died after contracting COVID-19 since the beginning of the year, accounting for 57 percent of all U.S. deaths from the illness since the pandemic began.

According to health experts, the majority of the deaths this year occurred in unvaccinated patients. Deaths have increased despite advances in COVID patient care and new treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies.

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According to Reuters data, it took 111 days for deaths in the United States to rise from 600,000 to 700,000 people. The next 100,000 deaths occurred in just 73 days.

According to the Reuters analysis, other countries have lost far fewer lives per capita in the last 11 months.

According to the Reuters analysis, the United States ranks last among the Group of Seven (G7) wealthiest nations regarding COVID-19 per capita deaths between January 1 and November 30.

The death rate in the U.S. was nearly three times that of neighboring Canada and eleven times that of Japan.

Compared to a larger pool of wealthy countries with access to vaccines, the United States ranks near the bottom. The United States is ranked 30th out of the 38 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Only Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Colombia, Poland, and Slovenia had a higher per capita COVID-19 death rate. New Zealand possessed the fewest.

Compared to the European Union, the United States has 1.3 times the number of per capita deaths reported in the last 11 months.

The United States is ranked 36th out of more than 200 nations and territories tracked by Reuters.

According to the Reuters tally, the United States has the highest number of reported total COVID-19 deaths globally, followed by Brazil and India. Despite having only 4% of the world’s population, the country accounts for approximately 14% of all reported COVID-19 deaths and 19% of all cases worldwide. The country is on track to surpass 50 million cases shortly.

The number of new infections in the United States was around 120,000 per day, with Michigan contributing the most cases per day. 

According to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, COVID-19 patients were overflowing Michigan hospitals at an all-time high, with three out of every four of them unvaccinated (MHA).

U.S. COVID-19 deaths reach 800,000
The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.s has surpassed 800,000. Image from Yahoo Finance

The influence of the Omicron variant

Scientists are still assessing the new Omicron variant’s impact and whether vaccines could provide adequate protection against it.

The Delta variant of the virus is still the most common in the United States.

According to the Reuters analysis, eight of the ten states with the highest death rates per capita in the previous 11 months were from the south: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

According to CDC data, roughly 60% of the U.S. population has been fully immunized against COVID-19.

Worries of the new variant have prompted Americans to line up at an all-time high for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Last week, just under a million people per day received booster doses of one of the three authorized vaccines, the highest rate since regulators approved additional shots.

“We must work together at this moment to handle the impact of the current cases we are seeing, which are mostly Delta, and to prepare ourselves for the possibility of more Omicron,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a White House briefing on Tuesday.

Source: CTV News

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