Less than two and a half years since the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 deaths in the US hit 1 million on Monday. Here's more on the update.
COVID-19 deaths in the US hit 1 million
The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every single day, for a total of 336 days. This is also roughly the same number of Americans who died in the Civil War and WW2 combined. This comes three months after the US reached the death toll of 900,000.
“It is hard to imagine a million people plucked from this earth. It's still happening and we are letting it happen,” stated Jennifer Nuzzo. Nuzzo leads the pandemic center at Brown University's School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island.
“'Normal.' I hate that word. All of us never get to go back to normal,” stated Julie Wallace. Wallace, a 55-year-old from Ohio lost her husband to the virus in 2020.
More on the new data
The data on the death toll is based on data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics.
According to reports, three out of every four deaths were of people 65 and older. More men died than women. White people made up most of the deaths overall. But Black, Hispanic, and Native American people have been roughly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as their white counterparts.
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