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U.S. Coronavirus Update: American COVID-19 Deaths Cross 200,000, And The Worst May Be Yet To Come


UPDATED with latest: Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday reported that more than 200,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus during the current pandemic. Globally, the coronavirus has taken close to 1 million lives and 30 million people have been infected. That means the United States, with 4% of the world’s population, has seen 20% of all fatalities from the virus. The next-closest country is Brazil which, according to Johns Hopkins, has seen 137,000 COVID-19 deaths.

California passed its own grim milestone on Monday, recording 15,000 virus-related deaths. Texas recorded its 15,000th death this past weekend.

According to the CDC, the first lab-confirmed case of coronavirus occurred in Washington State on January 20, 2020. That means in the eight months the country has lost 200,000 citizens, and we’re not even in flu season yet.

The newest CDC forecast, released this week, sees the nation at 250,000 deaths by mid-October. Some models have the U.S. enduring 300,000 deaths by the end of the year.

An analysis of CDC data from 2014-2017 shows coronavirus is very likely now the third leading cause of death nationally, behind only diseases of the heart and malignant neoplasms, or cancerous tumors.

For comparison, the flu generally ranks about 8th on that list, with total influenza deaths running between 51,000 and 57,000 annually. That’s approximately 1/4 of the coronavirus deaths thus far and 2% of U.S. deaths in each of the years indicated above.

One scary detail about these forecasts is that recent flu deaths in the U.S. have tended to peak in the months of January and February, after holiday gatherings. If fears of a “twindemic” are realized, the country will probably be overwhelmed in the first two months of 2021. So 300,000 deaths by year’s end may be just the start.

The Spanish Flu pandemic, largely considered to he the most deadly ever, killed 675,000 Americans in 1918-1919. According to the CDC, the second wave of the Spanish Flu — which actually began in Kansas — killed more than either of the other two spikes.

PREVIOUSLY: The total number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. passed 6 million on Monday, with deaths in the country attributed to COVID-19 now at 183,203. The confirmed cases milestone was reported by the Johns Hopkins Resource Center today, with the total now at 6,002,615 representing about one-fourth of the worldwide total.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s most recent totals have cases just below 6 million, but has not reported data for Monday. The CDC’s numbers have generally been tracking lower than the widely used Johns Hopkins data.

The latest numbers come as most of the country is seeing declining trends in cases, deaths and hospitalizations, with better numbers in states like California, Texas and Florida over the past two weeks. That trio top all states with more than 600,000 confirmed cases apiece.

California, the most infected of the states, is nearing 700,000 cases and most recently reported 5,329 new cases and 140 new deaths Friday. The downward trends have resulted in Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing new, protocols that will enable counties to further reopen across the state.

Other states have been more liberal in their reopening plans, while the past few weeks spikes are being seen at universities and colleges that are allowing students on campus. The nation’s breadbasket has seen the most persistent gains in cases, with Johns Hopkins reporting upward trends in states like South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa.

Globally, as of Sunday there are 25,118,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 884,312 deaths reported, per the World Health Organization. Brazil (3.85 million), India (3.62M) and Russia (995,319) follow the U.S. as the most infected countries.

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