U.S. COVID Death Toll Surpasses 800K

The United States reached the grim milestone of 800,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday. Experts are bracing for another potential surge in cases due to colder weather and more time spent indoors.

I recall the former guy comparing the coronavirus to the flu several times.

Except, an average flu season in the U.S. has a death toll of about 30K.

From Reuters:

Even with vaccines widely and freely available, the country has lost more lives to the virus this year than in 2020 due to the more contagious Delta variant and people refusing to get inoculated against COVID-19.

Since the start of the year, over 450,000 people in the United States have died after contracting COVID-19, or 57% of all U.S. deaths from the illness since the pandemic started.

The deaths this year were mostly in unvaccinated patients, health experts say. Deaths have increased despite advances in caring for COVID patients and new treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies.

Of the 10 states that reported the most deaths per capita in the last 11 months, eight were from the country’s south – Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia, according to the Reuters analysis.

With just 4% of the world’s population, the United States accounts for about 14% of all reported COVID-19 deaths and 19% of cases worldwide.