The United States Passes 400,000 deaths from Covid-19

Jacob Nguyen

Since the pandemic began, the United States has reported 400,000 deaths as of Jan. 19, 2021, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of Americans that have died from Covid-19 is more than the American casualties in World War I, the Vietnam War and the Korean War combined. The United States has a death toll that is much higher than any other country’s death toll from the Coronavirus.

Since the first death that was reported Feb. 29, the death toll in the United States has risen sharply by increments of 100,000. 84 days after the first death in the United States, The U.S reached over 100,000 deaths on May 23, 2020. 121 days later, the U.S would reach over 200,000 deaths on Sept. 21, 2020. 84 days after that, the U.S reached 300,000 deaths on Dec. 14, 2020. After 36 days, we have now surpassed 400,000 deaths as of Jan. 19, 2021.

All of this came after the surge of Coronavirus cases in the recent weeks which saw hundreds of thousands of new hospitalizations and cases. Over the last seven days, an average of 3,237 cases were recorded. This was just below the peak average of 3,337 on Jan. 13. Though the hospitalization number is down from the previous peak, health care workers across the United States are still under immense pressure.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will hold an emergency meeting to discuss progress in administering doses, tests on children, safety and effectiveness. As of right now, more than 10.5 million people have at least received the first dose of the vaccine.

In conclusion, the holiday season has made a notable impact on the cases in January. As of right now, this is a very dangerous period in the United States when it comes to the Coronavirus, but it is also a period of hope as the country is trying harder and harder to administer the vaccine.