250,000 Americans Lost

A staff member treats a patient in a Houston COVID-19 intensive care unit, November 14, 2020. Image: Go Nakamura/Getty
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A staff member treats a patient in a Houston COVID-19 intensive care unit, November 14, 2020. Image: Go Nakamura/Getty

COVID-19 has taken more than 250,000 lives in the US—more than strokes, suicides, and car crashes combined in a typical year, CNN reports.

  • At least 10X more have died from COVID-19 than the 24,166 typically killed annual by car crashes.
  • COVID-19 exceeds average annual flu deaths by more than 5X.


And by January, COVID-19 deaths will likely outpace the leading cause of death—heart disease, said vaccine expert Peter Hotez: 2,500 COVID-19 deaths per day vs. ~2,350 from heart disease, per IHME.

Not Soon Enough: Promising vaccines won’t stop the winter wave of infections across the US, warns Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies program director, according to CNBC. Outcomes for severely ill patients will likely be worse as health workers are being spread thin.

Public Health Targeted: Amber Elliott, a Missouri county health director, describes the overwhelming pressure from mask opponents, angry people lying to contact tracers, some bringing guns to public education meetings, and others threatening Elliott and her children. Another must-read from The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow.

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