On Sunday, US coronavirus deaths reached 800,000 since the pandemic. In the coming weeks, the country is bracing for yet more infections as the winter approaches.
US Coronavirus Deaths At 800,000
According to Reuters, the United States reached the 800,000 coronavirus death toll mark last weekend. For reference, this means that more Americans died from the virus than the entire population of North Dakota.
Ironically, the United States holds more than enough COVID-19 vaccines for every American. Despite the widespread availability, the US still managed to record more coronavirus deaths this year.
A major factor in the increased death rates was the uncontrolled spread of the Delta variant. As a result, over 450,000 people in the United States died of COVID-19 this year. This represents 57% of all US coronavirus deaths since the pandemic started in 2020.
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Unvaccinated Americans Account For Majority of US Coronavirus Deaths
The country also features a significant portion of the population that remains resistant to getting vaccinations. A majority of deaths came from unvaccinated Americans.
Deaths increased despite health officials having a better understanding of the disease. In addition, new treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies became available for COVID patients.
Another area of concern for health authorities lies in the rate of infection. Coronavirus deaths took 111 days to jump from 600,000 to 700,000.
However, the jump from 700,000 to 800,000 only took 73 days. In contrast, other countries all over the world lost fewer lives per capita this year.
In fact, the United States ranks dead last among Group of Seven Nation in terms of per capita coronavirus deaths between January 1 and November 30.
US Coronavirus Deaths Ranks Among Worst In the World
Meanwhile, among Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, the US ranks 30 out of 38 member states.
The country also reported 1.3 more deaths compared to European Union countries. Overall, the US ranks 36th among more than 200 nations around the world.
The Reuters report also said that the United States reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world. Brazil and India followed the US into the top three.
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Despite having only 4% of the world’s population, the US accounted for 14% of all coronavirus deaths and 19% of all cases worldwide. In fact, the US is on track to hit 50 million cases.
New Infections Average 120,000 A Day
Eight out of the ten states with the most deaths are from the South. These are Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
Despite the presence of the newer Omicron variant, the Delta strain remains the most dominant form of COVID-19 in the US. However, scientists continue to study the new variant to see its effects on the population.
Currently, the number of new infections per day in the US is 120,000 on average. The state of Michigan leads all 50 states in the most cases per day.
A ratio of three out of four Michiganders admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 remains unvaccinated. This is according to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA).
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