The United States stood on the threshold of an unimaginable rally on Sunday. 500,000 people lost the coronavirus.
The total number of people missing a year after the epidemic was about 498,000 people. Approximately the population of Kansas City, Missouri, և just as shy as Atlanta. The figure, compiled by Son Hopkins University, exceeds the number of people who died in 2019 from chronic diseases of the lower respiratory tract, stroke, Alzheimer’s, influenza and pneumonia.
“It is not something we have gone through during the last 102 years, in 1918. From the flu epidemic, “said Dr. Anthony Fauci, CNN’s State of the Union infectious disease expert.
The death toll from the virus in the United States reached 400,000 in the last hours of President Donald Trump’s tenure on January 19, and public health experts called the crisis a unique failure to resolve the crisis.
The first known deaths from the virus occurred in the United States in early February 2020, both in the Santa Clara area of California. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. The death toll rose to 200,000 in September and 300,000 in December. It then took more than a month to cross from 30,000 to 400,000, and about two months to climb from 400,000 to 500,000.
Joyce Willis from Las Vegas is among countless Americans who lost family members during the epidemic. Her husband, Anthony Willis, died on December 28, followed by his mother-in-law in early January.
There were unhealthy calls from HIV when her husband was hospitalized. He could not see her before he died because he also had a virus և he could not visit.
“They are gone. “Your loved one is gone, but you are still alive,” said Willis. “It seems like you still have to get up every morning. You need to take care of your children և make money. There is no way around it. You just have to move on. ”
Then came the nightmare of caring for a father-in-law, resolving grief, arranging funerals, paying bills, helping children navigate an online school, and figuring out how to get back to work as an occupational therapist.
His father-in-law, a Vietnamese veterinarian, also contracted the virus. He was suffering from respiratory problems and died on February 8. Is the family not sure that COVID-19 contributed to his death?
“Some days I feel good, and other days I feel strong, I can do it,” he said. “And then, on other days, it just hits me. My whole world is upside down. ”
According to John von Hopkins, the global death toll was approaching 2.5 million.
Although the calculation is based on data provided by government agencies around the world, they believe that the actual casualties are significantly higher, in part due to insufficient testing և other reasons that are incorrectly attributed at an early stage.
Despite efforts to introduce coronavirus vaccines, the widely cited model by the University of Washington predicts that by June 1, the death toll in the United States will exceed 589,000.
“People will talk about it decades, decades or decades from now,” Faucin told NBC’s Meet The Press.
Associated Press writer Heather Holingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri, participated in this report.