The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed 300,000 in the U.S. on Monday as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was widely distributed in the country.
Another grim milestone that represents the equivalent of 100 days of Sept. 11 tragedies; eight times the number of people in the U.S. killed by the flu between 2018-19; seven times the amount of people killed in car accidents last year; five times the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War; and four times the number of people who died by a drug overdose.
The U.S. has accounted for 18 percent of Coronavirus deaths with more than 1.6 million deaths reported globally.
It’s important to note, the real number of lives lost is believed by many to be much higher. The early deaths of the pandemic in America were not accurately recorded due to a lack of knowledge about the complications with the virus.
Now COVID-19 kills one American every minute, a sobering reality as the death toll grows by the day.
“The numbers are staggering — the most impactful respiratory pandemic that we have experienced in over 102 years, since the iconic 1918 Spanish flu,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said recently
Experts say more than 100,000 people could be added to the death toll in the coming months and any help from COVID-19 vaccinations aren’t likely to be noticed until spring of next year. Mostly due to the colder weather and people being more likely to head indoors where the virus has a higher possibility of spreading.
The U.S. recorded the deadliest day of the pandemic on Dec. 9. with a total of 3,175. It was also the first time the country reported more than 3,000 deaths in a day.