If 500,000 people were to travel with transport buses that hold 51 pieces, 9804 buses would be required.
The column would cover a stretch of road of 152.4 kilometers, corresponding to the stretch from New York to Philadelphia, writes the Washington Post in a large corona special on Monday night.
If 500,000 names were to be engraved on the black granite wall honoring the officials who died in the Vietnam War, in Washington, the wall would have to be 26.5 meters high, 23.5 meters higher than today.
The parallels are drawn in connection with the gloomy milestone the United States passed Monday night:
The country has now registered 511,130 deaths as a result of the coronavirus, the overview shows to the Worldometer.
– Worst since the Spanish flu
“This is the worst thing we’ve been through in 102 years, since the Spanish flu in 1918. It’s really a terrible situation we’ve been through – and are still going through,” US Chief of Infection Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday.
In 1918, 46 percent more people died in the United States than the year before. At the same time, tens of thousands of Americans died in World War I that year.
The White House said Friday it would commemorate the grim coronamile.
“Biden will use his voice and platform to honor the people who have lost their lives and the families who are still suffering, in what is a very difficult moment in this country,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
The United States has registered a total of 28,761,908 cases of coronavirus infection, 49,049 cases in the last 24 hours, the overview shows to Worldometers.
The virus has taken a full year of life expectancy in the country, the largest decline since World War II, writes Reuters.
Sees light at the end of the tunnel
Despite the gloomy numbers, Fauci believes that life may begin to return to normal during the fall or winter of 2021.
“It is possible that this is the case,” Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Sunday.
– If you combine vaccination of most of the inhabitants of the country with getting the spread of infection down to a very, very low level, then I think we can mostly say that face masks are not necessary, he continued.
The United States has also had a declining infection trend in recent times. At the same time, new hospital admissions of covid-19 patients have begun to decline.
Epidemiologist Caitlin M. Rivers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has previously stated that the trend is good news.
“We are definitely going down, but I’m worried that the new varieties will give us another twist in late February or early March,” Rivers told the New York Times in January.
Fauci is clear on what the further strategy now is:
“We want to get the baseline with the infection rates very, very low before we can start believing that we are out of the woods,” he told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” program on Sunday.
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