2021 Covid Death Toll In U.S. Eclipses That Of 2020 With More Than A Month Yet To Go
On Tuesday, the US passed the pandemic's most recent dire milestone. According to CDC figures, there were more Covid-related deaths in 2021 than in 2020. That may be a difficult notion for many Americans, considering how difficult the past year has been for many.
At the end of 2020, 362,208 Americans had died from Covid-19. Yesterday the total pandemic count was 773,779. That means America has lost 411,571 lives to the virus so far in 2021. And the year still has over five weeks. With an average of around 1,000 daily deaths, another 40,000 souls could be lost before January 1, 2022.
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There was a time early this summer when it seemed like the bad days of the pandemic were behind us. Daily new cases in the US had dropped to 8,654 by June 21, from a winter high of nearly 300,000 a day. The vaccine uptake gave hope that the virus that causes Covid-19 could become a manageable phenomenon. In his April address to Congress, President Biden indicated that the nation is turning the corner in the fight against Covid.
Then came the summer wave when the number of cases rose very close to 200,000 a day, peaking at over 2,000 daily deaths. Cases have again dropped to a 7-day moving average of around 100,000. That's far better than the 7-day average of nearly 175,000 on the same day last year.
But with children's cases up 32% in the past two weeks, according to the New York Times, and hospitalizations in areas like Buffalo, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, and rural California that are nearing capacity or completely overwhelmed, there are fears end the year before another winter surge.
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