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This coronavirus has been around for two years now and the US is still battling variants. As of Friday, there were over 900,000 deaths from this pandemic in America alone.
With coronavirus already claiming around 1 million lives, the death count is “inevitable,” public health experts say. Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist, said, “It’s absolutely staggering.” The university has been tracking COVID-19 deaths throughout the pandemic.
“It’s unreal, frankly. And what makes it an even … greater heartbreak — as if the loss of 900,000 souls weren’t enough of a heartbreak — is the fact that it’s probably an undercount of the number of people that we’ve lost.”
The “horrible milestone” didn’t have to be attained, said another epidemiologist and professor Lauren Ancel Meyers at University of Texas.
“It was not inevitable. There are things that we could have done and should have done … to protect those who were most vulnerable,” Meyers said. “It’s a very sad day.”
President Joe Biden addressed the “tragic milestone” perceiving the “emotional, physical and psychological weight of this pandemic” and urged Americans to carry out their part.
“I urge all Americans: get vaccinated, get your kids vaccinated, and get your booster shot if you are eligible,” said Biden in a statement. “It’s free, easy, and effective — and it can save your life, and the lives of those you love.”
The death rate is still high, but the number of general case numbers have been dropping.
With 2,000 daily COVID-19 deaths on average since January 23rd and with three times as many occurring in November, it’s clear that this virus is creating a considerable impact.
Although the country continues to battle this pandemic, with vigilance there are likely fewer cases and deaths than before. However, we can’t be sure if this virus is still mutating or it ends at a stealth omicron.