Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Coronavirus in the US. Half a million COVID-19 deaths


  • On Monday evening, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris commemorated half a million SARS-CoV-2 deaths by lighting candles in front of the White House
  • In front of US federal buildings, flags will be half-masted for five days
  • In terms of population, the United States is only ahead of the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal in terms of the number of deaths per capita
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Coronavirus in the US. The scale of the tragedy

500 thousand is a number greater than the entire population of Kansas City or the number of people living within the city limits of Atlanta. This is more than the capacity of the audience at six major American stadiums. This figure is close to the US death toll in the last century’s two world wars.

Half a million deaths – the line crossed by Reuters count on Monday – outnumber the total number of Americans who died in 2019 from chronic respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, flu, and pneumonia.

This is the most tragic balance of the epidemic among all countries in the world. Brazil is second in this respect with nearly 250,000. fatalities. With the global number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 reaching nearly 2.5 million, more than one in five who have died from coronavirus so far comes from the US. January saw the most tragic statistics – on average, 3,000 people died from COVID-19. people every day.

There have been 28 million coronavirus infections in the United States since the start of the epidemic, making it 25% of infections around the world. Recently, 70,000 people are detected daily in the US. new cases.

The data shock Americans – embarrassing many. Due to the fact that the coronavirus affects minorities and poorer people relatively harder, the epidemic in the US intensifies the discussion about social inequalities, including access to health care.

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Coronavirus in the US. “United States has failed miserably”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to new US President Joe Biden, admits that the United States has failed the test. “Looking back, we’ve done worse than most other countries, and we’re a highly developed, wealthy country,” he said. More than 500,000 He found the dead “stunning”, stressing that “metaphorical autopsy”, as he called assessing the state’s response to the epidemic, was not easy for America.

Fauci recalled that when it was said in late winter and early spring last year that the epidemic could kill nearly a quarter of a million Americans, “people thought it was hyperbole.”

Photo: PAP / EPA / JIM LO SCALZO

Solemn minute of silence in front of the White House building

Donald Trump and ignoring the threat

The first confirmed case of death from the coronavirus in the United States was in early February in California. In just four months, the death toll of the epidemic in the US exceeded 100,000. The threshold of 200 thousand was exceeded in September, and 300 thousand. in December. On the penultimate day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the total balance of deaths from COVID-19 was over 400,000. cases.

Almost exactly a year ago, on February 23, 2020, Trump said the virus was “under control.” Accused by Democrats of disregarding the epidemic threat, the Republican lost the presidential election last November. His rival, Joe Biden, limited contacts with voters in the conditions of the epidemic, and made criticism of Trump’s approach to the threat the main point of his campaign.

Hope in vaccines

After crossing the tragic threshold, Americans’ hope is raised by the fact that the vaccination process is gaining momentum, and in most states, the number of infections detected daily is declining. To date, more than 43.6 million US citizens have been vaccinated, of which approximately 19 million have already been vaccinated twice. This means that the maximum immunity provided by vaccination is already around 6 percent. US citizens. If the US were to maintain the current pace, 75 percent would be vaccinated by the end of November. the country’s population.

“I am hopeful about where we are,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Global Health Institute at Harvard University. At the same time he admitted that the Americans had “a few potholes.” The ones epidemiologists fear most are the new COVID-19 mutations.

“With new, more infectious variants of the virus circulating in the US, this is not the time to lose your vigilance and limit the activities we know help prevent further disease and death,” US medical organizations said in a joint statement.

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