When did the U.S. reach pandemic death milestones?
1st death – February 2020
1,000th death – March 2020
10,000th death – April 2020
100,000th death – May 2020
200,000th death – September 2020
300,000th death – December 2020
400,000th death – January 2021
500,000th death – February 2021
600,000th death – June 2021
700,000th death – October 2021
800,000th death – December 2021
900,000th death – February 2022
Source: BNO News
The United States has reached another grim milestone in the Covid pandemic Friday, as BNO News reports that the country has officially reached 900,000 deaths from the virus since the pandemic first began in early 2020.
America is the world’s first country to reach that marker, and its 76.1 million cases recorded is the most of any country as well.
The milestone comes as the end-of-pandemic light becomes visible at the end of the tunnel, though.
Covid cases in the U.S. are starting to rapidly fall as the nation nears the end of the Omicron variant-fueled surge that struck at the end of 2021.
Daily infections have dropped 40 percent over the past week, from 589,222 last week to 361,072 as of Friday morning.
Deaths from the virus seem to be flattening and reaching their peak as well, with 2,441 Americans dying from the virus daily, near-equal to the average from a week earlier.
With the way cases are currently trending, combined with the potential for Omicron to be the final phase of the pandemic according to some experts are hopeful total U.S. Covid deaths will remain below one million.
‘We think that over the course of 2022, we will get to an endemic stage,’ Dr Ezekiel Emanuel a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress told Meet the Press last month.
’I think the base case is that this signals the end of the pandemic phase of this virus,’ Dr Scott Gottlieb, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration and current board member at Pfizer, said as well.
A vast majority of the deaths that have occurred in the U.S. at any point during the pandemic were among unvaccinated people.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published this week finds that an unvaccinated person is 13 times more likely to die from the virus than a fully vaccinated person, and 97 times as likely to die as a person who has received their booster shot.
The U.S. has recorded 900,000 deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began in spring on 2020. A large portion of those deaths occurred during a surge in late 2020 and early 2021
Data from the CDC shows that an unvaccinated person is 13 times more likely to die of Covid than a vaccinated person and 97 times more likely that someone who has received a booster shot. Pictured: A woman in West Roxbury, Massachusetts receives treatment in a hospital on January 11
An analysis by NBC News finds that the states the have suffered the highest mortality rates during Covid are also those with lower vaccination rates.
Tennessee has far and away suffered the worst death toll in America, with 73 of every 100,000 residents dying of Covid during the pandemic. The Volunteer state also has one of the lowest vaccination rates in America at only 53 percent.
Michigan (56 deaths per 100,000 residents), Indiana (54) and Ohio (52) are also among the leaders. Each also has a vaccination rate below the national average.
The states currently leading the U.S. in daily deaths are among the least vaccinated as well.
Mississippi has by far the highest Covid mortality rate in America, recording 1.9 deaths per every 100,000 residents every day. Nearby South Carolina comes in second, with 1.56 per every 100,000 residents dying daily.
The pair of southern states have fully vaccinated 50 and 55 percent of their populations respectively.
While case total reached astronomical heights this winter – peaking in mid-January at around 800,000 new cases per day, the deadliest surge of the pandemic was in early 2021.
A peak of over 4,000 deaths per day was reached in mid-January of last year, when Covid ripped through a largely unvaccinated American population.
More than 100,000 deaths occurred in that month alone, with it and the following February still being the deadliest of the pandemic.
The Omicron strain which accounts for nearly every single case in America right now is a relatively mild variant compared to its predecessors, and combined with a vaccinated and boosted population, the strain failed to make deaths peak far above 2,500 per day before flattening out at the start of February.