This Sunday, the United States surpassed 800,000 Covid-19 related deaths according to Reuters. The nation is currently gearing up for another surge of infections due to the approaching winter months and highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus.
According to Reuters, the US death toll has now exceeded the entire population of North Dakota, and as a nation we lost more individuals in 2021 from the virus than in 2020 due to the highly contagious Delta variant and amount of people still refusing to get inoculated against Covid-19.
Since the beginning of the year over 450,000 Americans have died after contracting Covid-19, accounting for 57% of the deaths that have occurred in the US since the start of the pandemic.
Health experts stated that a majority of the deaths this year were among unvaccinated patients. Many advancements have been made in the way healthcare professionals can care for Covid patients, including monoclonal antibodies, however, getting vaccinated is the main way to protect yourself from this virus.
According to Reuters, it took 111 days for the US to get from 600,000 to 700,000 deaths, and the next 100,000 deaths took just 73 days. “Among the Group of Seven (G7) wealthiest nations, the United States ranks the worst in terms of per capita deaths from COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30,” according to the Reuters analysis.
The United States has the highest number of reported total Covid-19 deaths in the world, followed by Brazil and India. The US accounts for 4% of the world’s population, and 14% of all reported Covid-19 deaths, and 19% of cases worldwide. The nation is also projected to surpass 50 million cases within the next month.
Scientists are continuing to study the new Omicron variant and whether or not vaccines could provide adequate protection against it. Currently, the Delta variant remains the most dominant version of the virus in the US.
Around 60% of the US population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data from the CDC. The new variant has also motivated many vaccinated individuals to schedule their booster appointments once they are eligible.
“We must act together in this moment to address the impact of the current cases we are seeing, which are largely Delta, and to prepare ourselves for the possibility of more Omicron,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Tuesday.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.