Author Topic: Here Is What One Million Covid Deaths In The U.S. Looks Like  (Read 66 times)

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Offline mikasa

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According to official estimates from the CDC, Johns Hopkins University and other organizations that collect public health data, the United States has passed the grim milestone of one million deaths from Covid-19.#monkeypox#
The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population but recorded 16% of Covid-19 deaths. The U.S. death toll far exceeds the official tally of any other country. It is followed by Brazil, India and Russia, which have reported around 664,000, 524,000 and 369,000 deaths, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University. A lack of testing capacity, political incentives to undercount and poor record keeping in some countries mean official figures may undersell the actual number of Covid-19 deaths. Experts believe official counts for India and Russia capture just a fraction of deaths from Covid-19, for example.
The U.S. has a far higher Covid-19 death rate than other wealthy countries. Accounting for population, the U.S. ranks 18th in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data, behind Peru, Poland, Hungary and Brazil. For every 100,000 Americans, roughly 302 have died from Covid-19, the data shows, higher than other affluent countries. In the U.K. and France, both wealthy nations hit hard by the virus, this figure is around 259 and 226 deaths per 100,000 people, respectively. For Australia, fewer than 29 people in every 100,000 died, with even fewer in Japan and New Zealand, respectively 23 and 15 per 100,000 people.
One million is likely an underestimate of Covid’s true death toll. The true death toll of Covid-19 in the U.S. is likely much higher than official figures suggest. Some deaths from Covid-19 are not counted as they can happen months after infection, others are documented as being caused by conditions with similar symptoms and others are caused by knock-on effects of the pandemic, such as an inability to seek treatment for another condition. The fragmented nature of the American healthcare system, different reporting standards in different jurisdictions and overwhelmed hospital systems exacerbated this. During the pandemic, there have been around 1.1 million excess deaths, according to the CDC, a metric that captures the difference between how many deaths are observed and how many would have been expected.

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