The unimaginable becomes real.
The US COVID-19 deaths may surpass 500,000 today. The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard puts the number at 498,901.
Scale: The number is greater than US deaths in 2019 from “chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined,” AP reports.
Speed: The nation’s coronavirus death toll since the first reported US death in February 2020:
- 100,000: May 2020
- 200,000: September
- 300,000: December
- 400,000: January
- 500,000: February
Prospects: Even as COVID-19 deaths have fallen steeply since late January and US vaccine doses administered have reached 63 million+, a return to normal is not coming any time soon for pandemic-weary Americans.
Mask-wearing may continue into 2022, NIAID chief Anthony Fauci said yesterday, according to The Washington Post.
The Quote: “They are gone. Your loved one is gone, but you are still alive. It’s like you still have to get up every morning. You have to take care of your kids and make a living. There is no way around it. You just have to move on.”—Joyce Willis, of Las Vegas, who lost her husband and mother-in-law. AP