Coronaios – Negative record for the USA – More than 800,000 dead

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His dead exceeded 800,000 coronavirus in the US, a number that would once have seemed unthinkable. More than 200,000 died after the spring, when the vaccine became widely available.

The number is a record higher than any other country in the world, while in fact it is probably even higher.

The United States accounts for 4% of the world’s population, but about 15% of the 5.3 million confirmed deaths from the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic in China two years ago have occurred in their territory.

800,000 without Omicron

The sad milestone comes as the planet prepares to face the new Omicron variant, with the WHO warning that it is spreading at an unprecedented rate.

WHO chief Tentros Andaman Gebregesus told reporters on Tuesday that the variant had been identified in 77 countries and had probably spread to most countries around the world.

Omicron, originally located in South Africa and reported to the WHO on November 24, has an unprecedented number of mutations, which is of concern to scientists. The new variant is also a new threat to the United States, although it is currently difficult to assess its risk.

The death toll in the US, estimated and reported by Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, is roughly equal to the number of people who die each year in the country from heart disease or stroke – or the population of two major cities.

A prediction model developed by the University of Washington predicts that the death toll in the US will exceed 880,000 by March 1.

Hospitalizations continue to increase

The macabre milestone also comes at a time when U.S. hospital admissions are rising again because of the highly contagious Delta strain, which arrived in the country in the first half of 2021 and is now responsible for almost all infections.

Health professionals say the US record is even sadder given that effective and widely available vaccines could have been prevented.

Lives that could have been saved

About 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated, a figure that represents just over 60% of the total population. The number is much lower than required to limit the spread of the virus.

“Almost all the people who are dying right now could still be alive,” he told the Guardian. Chris Beyrer, epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. “And that’s because they did not get the vaccine.”

By the time the vaccination program began, the country already had about 300,000 dead. It reached 600,000 in mid-June and 700,000 on October 1.

Beirer recalls that in March or April 2020, one of the worst-case scenarios was for 240,000 Americans to die.

“And I saw that number and I thought it was unbelievable – 240,000 dead Americans?”

“And now that number has tripled. “And I think it is right to say that we have not yet overcome the danger,” he concludes.

With information from the Guardian

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