If the U.S. had suffered lives as a result of the 9/11 attacks – 50 times more – the tragedy would be incomprehensible.
But that’s how many lives a coronavirus has claimed in the U.S. since this pandemic, which began just six months ago.
It’s not hard to cultivate defaults or keep an eye out for losses. However, there are several reasons why these numbers should not be ignored, and several ways to change the wave.
0.05% will grow rapidly
To date, about 0.05% of the U.S. population has died from the new coronavirus.
This may sound like a small number. However, we still have a long way to go before herd immunity.
At that rate, 300,000 deaths are likely to occur in the U.S. by the end of this year, said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor University School of Medicine.
Covid-19 is already the leading cause of death in some places
The disease, which did not even exist a year ago, is now one of the leading causes of death in parts of the United States.
“In many states, such as Texas, Florida, Arizona, Covid-19 is again the leading daily cause of death,” Hotez said Tuesday.
Covid-19 is also one of the best killers in Los Angeles County for coronary heart disease, said county health director Barbara Ferrer.
“It kills more people than Alzheimer’s, other heart diseases, stroke and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” Ferrer said.
The U.S. National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not identify the leading causes of death by the end of the year, so it can analyze the value for the entire year.
But last week, CDC statistics told CNN they expected Covid-19 to be in the top ten.
The number of 150,000 deaths from the age of seven months in Covid-19 has exceeded the death penalty from other diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and influenza, throughout the year.
2018 – last year for which CDC data are known to cause death – 147,810 people died from strokes, 122,019 from Alzheimer’s disease, 84,946 from diabetes, 59,120 from influenza and pneumonia.
Even if you or your loved ones survive Covid-19, the long-term consequences can fade.
“Remember, it’s not just deaths. It’s a terrible, disabling … long-term disorder of the lungs, vascular system, heart, brain,” Hotez said. “We see a long-term cognitive deficit. It’s a terrible disease.”
This can happen to any of your loved ones
Countless families lost loved ones much earlier than imagined – including young people without preconditions.
Joe Lewinger, 42 years old and healthy before catching Covid-19, said his wife Maura.
However, Joe’s condition quickly worsened and Maura asked the doctor to connect them through FaceTime so she could be with her husband at the last minute.
Soon the doctor said that Joe’s pulse was gone.
Nicole Buchanan couldn’t even say goodbye to her husband.
Eventually, Konrad’s condition became so bad that Nicole dropped him off at the hospital entrance and went into the car. It was the last time she saw her husband.
“I went to the door. The hospital was closed. They wouldn’t let anyone in after that,” she said. “I never had to say, ‘I love you.'”
“We don’t have to look at it”
IHME researchers said that from July to November. 95% of Americans could earn face masks.
If everyone wore masks, the estimated death penalty would fall from 208,255 to 162,808.
But at that rate, the U.S. could still hit 200,000 people by this fall, said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Institute for Global Health.
“Of course, it’s all completely unnecessary. We don’t have to survive it,” Jha said.
“We’re going through it because we’re just not doing the basic things we need to do to stop the virus.”
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.