The United States reached another critical stage on Friday, as confirmed Coronavirus The death toll jumped to over 700,000, in just one and a half years, and despite the availability of vaccines.
According to Johns Hopkins University, this stage comes less than two weeks after the national death toll. Surpassed the estimated number of deaths During the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States.
Despite encouraging signs of a decline in the national Covid-19 matrix, an estimated 1,500 Americans are dying from the virus every day, according to federal figures.
“Reaching 1,000,000 deaths is a tragic and completely preventable stage. We had the knowledge and tools to prevent this from happening, and unfortunately politics, a lack of urgency and a lack of faith in science got us here,” said John Brownstein, Ph.D. . Epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and contributor to ABC News.
From this point of view, the astonishing number of deaths far exceeds the number of Americans Died of cancer last year, One of the leading causes of death in the country. Is more than The total number of American troops killed in the war In the recent history of the country and it is the same as the population Boston, Massachusetts.
Some experts believe that the current COVID-19 Due to inconsistent reports from states and territories and the omission of more deaths, the number of deaths can already be measured on a large scale, a measure of how many lives were lost than expected if the epidemic did not occur.
The four largest states in the country – California, Texas, New York and Florida – all reported more than 50,000 deaths, close to a third of the total.
Kovid’s death toll is now seven times higher than that of former President Donald Trump Once guessed In the early days of the epidemic.
“The minimum number was 100,000 lives, and I think we’d be pretty much in that number…. So let’s see what it was, but it looks like we’re moving to a number below 100,000,” Trump said in April 2020.
However, many health experts, including Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University, were already concerned at the onset of an outbreak of the potentially devastating effects of the virus.
“My team and I saw very early on that these pathogens have the potential to kill so many people in the United States … I had no idea how fractive the response would be, how capable the leaders would be or not interested in coming together. We have to overcome it, “said Shaman.” I’m sorry it didn’t happen. I think if it had, fewer people would have died and the economic consequences of the epidemic would have been lessened. “
Every death is a unique tragedy and an irreparable loss. Analysis tracking the wide reach of Kovid-19’s relatives with mourning coefficients published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, It is estimated that 6.3 million family members will be saddened by the loss of a loved one due to the virus.
Patricia Dowd, a 57-year-old San Jose resident, was the first American to die of covid-19 in February 2020. Initially, the cause of Dowd’s death was unknown. A few months later, in April, when an autopsy revealed that she had died of coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously identified the death as related to American coronavirus.
By the end of May 2020, 100,000 American deaths had been confirmed. In the coming months, the U.S. will record another 100,000 coronavirus deaths, and by the time the coronavirus vaccine is authorized for emergency use, a total of 300,000 Americans have died.
When President Joe Biden took office in January, the death toll in the United States from Covid-1 had risen to 40,000, and half a million Americans died a month later. As of June, it was 600,000 Americans.
“A year and a half ago, it was completely unthinkable to think of 700,000 coronavirus deaths. These horrific stages were once a reflection of the failure of the public health response, now they are a reflection of our inability to vaccinate millions of unsafe Americans,” Brownstein said.
Decreased demand for vaccines
This phase coincides with a decline in the demand for vaccines among the American people, with the current rate of new vaccinations near its lowest point since the shots went into effect last December.
An estimated 117.4 million Americans are completely unvaccinated, of which about 70 million are over the age of 12 and are eligible for the vaccine.
On average, the number of Americans taking the new official Pfizer third dose is now higher than the number of Americans starting daily vaccinations.
“As the winter months approach, if more people, especially those at higher risk of serious illness, choose to be vaccinated, we can significantly delay the next critical phase,” Ajay Sethi said in Wisconsin-Madison.
Earlier this week, the CDC released new figures showing that, overall, the vaccine is still dramatically reducing the risk of hospitalization or death in the Covid-19 during the current Delta variant wave, as in the past.
According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, those who have not been fully vaccinated are eight times more likely to be positive, 41 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 57 times more likely to die than those who have been vaccinated.
“We are laser-focused on getting more shots in weapons, especially for non-vaccinated. This is our way out of this epidemic. So if you are not vaccinated, please take a shot. It’s free, it’s safe, It’s easy. It will help keep us all safe, “Valensky told a news conference on Friday.
Ethnic and racial minorities in the country have taken an unequal share in Kovid-19 hospital admissions and deaths. According to federal statistics, adjusted for age and population, whites, Latino, and Native Americans are two to three times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people.
Although the metrics show that the fresh wave of epidemics is declining, experts cautioned.
“We’re not clear,” Shaman said. “New variants can emerge that lead to more successful and recurrent infections, and the virus appears to be more contagious in winter.”
Experts who spoke to ABC News agreed that vaccination is important for more Americans.
“Most of the deaths that follow are selected to delay vaccination,” Brownstein added. “The current downturn of cases provides an optimistic outlook, unfortunately this route will include thousands of vaccine-preventable deaths.”