According to NBC News, as of the afternoon of the 21st local time, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States has exceeded 500,000, which is equivalent to the population of Atlanta or Sacramento, California.
“Although the U.S. population is less than 5% of the world’s population, the number one coronavirus deaths in the world.” The report said that although more and more Americans have been vaccinated, this “milestone” data highlights the extent of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.
As early as May 24, 2020, when the cumulative number of coronavirus deaths in the United States exceeded 100,000, the New York Times published the names and profiles of nearly 1,000 people on the front page. On the morning of February 21, 2021, the newspaper’s front page showed the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States in half a space.
The image shows nearly half a million separate points, each representing people who have lost their lives in the United States due to the coronavirus epidemic, the report said.
The visuals reflected “everything is going at an alarming rate,” said Letherby, the image editor. The picture shows that the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States increased from about 100,000 to about 300,000, which took 201 days, but from about 300,000 to 500,000 today, it took less than 70 days.
The Washington Post statistics show that during a “painful year”, the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States is equivalent to an average of 1,370 deaths per day, with an average of 57 cases per hour, about 1 per minute.
“In contrast to the amazing numbers, we’ve been trying to remind people of what’s happening, but when the pandemic in the U.S. continues for so long, people are numb.” Leatherby said.
According to CNN, in an interview on the 21st, Anthony Fauci, an American infectious disease expert, stressed the importance of dealing with mutant strains to relieve Americans’ fatigue from the epidemic. He stressed that even if the United States may reach a “normal level” by the end of this year, Americans may have to continue to wear masks to prevent the epidemic by 2022.
USA Today reports that with the cumulative arrival of 500,000 deaths, American medical staff have been exhausted, but there is no indication of when the coronavirus epidemic will subside.
Meanwhile, the CDC predicts that the first highly contagion mutant virus found in the UK may become the main strain in the United States by the end of March.
Some U.S. public health experts have expressed concern that since the beginning of January, there have been an average of nearly 250,000 new infections per day, and mutant strains may also lead to spring growth, thus offsetting many existing efforts.
“This is the anniversary of the death of our generation.” USA Today reports.
In an interview with the media on Sunday, Fauci said that although the trend of new confirmed cases has declined, it is “devastating” to see 500,000 people infected with COVID-19, according to the U.S. Capitol Hill.
“We haven’t seen anything like this in more than 100 years since the 1918 flu pandemic.” Fauci sighed.