It’s a milestone that by all accounts it won’t happen anytime soon.
The death toll from Covid-1 in the U.S. rose to 1,000,000,000 late Friday, more than Boston’s population. The last 100,000 deaths occurred when vaccines – which prevent mass deaths, hospitalization and serious illness – were available to any American over the age of 12.
This phase is extremely frustrating for doctors, public health officials, and the American public, who have seen a declining epidemic in early summer. Billions of Americans have refused to be vaccinated, causing the highly contagious delta type to erupt across the country, and the death toll could reach 600,000 to 700,000 in 3 1/2 months.
Florida suffered the most deaths of any state at the time, with the virus killing about 17,000 residents since mid-June. Texas was second with 13,000 deaths. Both states account for 15% of the country’s population, but more than 30% of the country’s deaths The country has crossed the 600,000 threshold.
Infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. David Dowdy, who has analyzed publicly reported state data, said it was safe to say that at least 70,000 of the last 100,000 deaths occurred among people not vaccinated. And of those vaccinated who died of a breakthrough infection, most caught the virus from a person who was not infected, he said.
“If we had been more effective in our vaccinations, I would have been able to say that we could have prevented 0% of deaths,” Dowdy said from mid-June.
“It’s not just a number on the screen,” Dowdy said. “These are tragic stories of thousands of people whose families have lost someone who meant the world to them.”
Danny Baker is one of them.
Seed Holler, 28, of Riley, Kansas, contracted covid-19 in the summer, spent more than a month in hospital, and died Sept. 14. He is survived by his wife and a 7-month-old daughter.
“It took an adult, a 28-year-old man, 6′2,300 pounds, and brought him down to nothing,” said his father, Jedi Baker, 56, of Milford, Kansas. “And so if young people think they’re still … protected by their youth and their strength, they’re not there anymore.”
In the early days of the epidemic, Danny Baker, who was a championship trap shooter in high school and loved hunting and fishing, insisted on being number one for vaccines, his mother recalled.
But as vaccinations opened up for his age group, the United States recommended stopping the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. The news frightened him, as information circulated online that the vaccine could harm fertility, although medical experts say No biological cause shots will affect fertility.
His wife was also breastfeeding, so he decided to stop. Health experts say that breastfeeding mothers should take this vaccine for their own protection and that it may provide some protection to their babies through the antibodies in breast milk.
His wife, Aubreya Baker, 27, a worker and maternity nurse, said there were “many misconceptions about the vaccine,” adding that her husband’s death had caused a Facebook page and at least 100 people to be vaccinated. “It’s not like we weren’t going to get it. We haven’t received it yet. ”
When deaths in mid-June reached more than 600,000, vaccinations were already going down the caseload, restrictions were being lifted and people were waiting for summer to return to normal. The average daily death in the United States has dropped to around 340, more than 3,000 in mid-January. In a short time, health officials said it was a Epidemic of non-vaccinated.
But with the Delta variant taking over the country, caseloads and deaths have increased – especially among non-vaccinated and young people, with hospitals across the country reporting a dramatic increase in admissions and deaths among people under 65. Low rates motivate unsafe Americans to try to provide booster shots.
Now, there are an average of about 1,900 deaths per day. Cases are falling From their highs in September but there are fears that the situation could worsen in the winter months when cold weather takes people inside.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 65% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while about 56% have been fully vaccinated.
But because of fear, misinformation and political beliefs, millions are being rejected or are still on the fence. Reported threats to health care workers Patients and community members who do not believe that Covid-1 is real.
The first known deaths from the virus in the United States occurred in early February 2020. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. In the deadliest phase of the disaster, in the winter of 2020-21, it took just one month for 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.
The U.S. reached 500,000 deaths in mid-February, when the country was still in the winter wave and vaccines were only available to a limited number of people. The death toll in April was about 570,000 when every adult American qualified for the shots.
The executive director of the American Public Health Association, Dr. “Then we said, ‘Are we going to get 200,000?’ Then we kept looking at the 100,000-death mark, ”and finally reversed the estimated 755,000 deaths in the United States. 1918-19 flu pandemic.
“And we’re not done yet,” Benjamin said.
Deaths during delta waves are unsettling in southern hotspots. About 79 out of every 100,000 people in Florida have died from covid since mid-June, the highest rate in the country.
Amanda Alexander, a Covid-1 IC ICU nurse at Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia, said Thursday that she had lost a patient in her last three shifts.
“I saw a 20-year-old boy die. I have seen children in their 30s and 40s, ”she said, adding that they would have been more at risk because there were no pre-existing conditions. “N percent of our patients are not vaccinated. And this is very frustrating because facts are not just lies and we see it every day. ”
Weber reported from Fenton, Michigan and Hollingsworth Mission, Kansas. Associated Press medical writer Carla K. Johnson and data journalist Justin Myers contributed to the story.