By Tommy Weber and Heather Hollingsworth | Relevant institution
This is a milestone that not all accounts need to be in a hurry.
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 fell to 700,000 by the end of Friday – more than Boston’s population. The last 100,000 deaths occurred at a time when the vaccine – which prevents death, hospitalization and serious illness – was available to any American over the age of 12.
The milestone is deeply disappointing for doctors, public health officials and the American people, who saw an epidemic that was declining early in the summer. Millions of Americans have refused to be vaccinated, leading to a nationwide outbreak of the highly contagious Delta species, and the death toll rises to 600,000 to 700,000 in 3 1/2 months.
Florida had the highest number of deaths of any state during this period, with the virus killing about 17,000 residents since mid-June. Texas was second with 13,000 deaths. Both states account for 15% of the country’s population, but more than 30% of the country’s deaths have occurred since the nation crossed the 600,000 mark.
Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who has analyzed publicly reported state data, said it was safe to say that at least 100,000 deaths had occurred in the past. At least 70,000 deaths have occurred among unsafe people. And most of those vaccinated who died from the breakthrough infection contracted the virus from an immunized person, he said.
“If we were more effective in our vaccinations, I think it’s fair to say that we could have prevented 90 percent of these deaths,” Dowdy said.
“It’s not just a number on a screen,” Dowdy said. “These are the tragic stories of thousands of people whose families have lost someone who means the world to them.”
Danny Baker is one of them.
Badge Holler, 28, of Riley, Kansas, contracted COVID-19 over the summer, spent more than a month in hospital and died Sept. 14. He is survived by his wife and 7-month-old daughter.
“That thing took an overweight man, a 28-year-old man, 6′2 ″, a 300-pound man, and took him down like it was nothing,” said his father, JD Baker, 56, of Milford. Kansas “Similarly, if young people think they are still safe because of their youth and their strength, then it is not.”
In the early days of the epidemic, Danny Baker, a high school championship trap shooter who loved hunting and fishing, insisted he would be number one for the vaccine, remembering his mother.
But as vaccinations opened up for her age group, the United States recommended stopping the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. The news frightened her, as online information circulated that the vaccine could harm fertility, although medical experts say there is no biological reason why the shots will affect fertility.
His wife was also breastfeeding, so he decided to wait. Now health experts say that breastfeeding mothers should get vaccinated for their own protection and that they can provide some protection to their babies through antibodies passed through breast milk.
His wife, Oberia Baker, 27, a labor and delivery nurse, said there was “a lot of misunderstanding about the vaccine”, adding that her husband’s death had caused a Facebook page and at least 100 people to die. Affected to be vaccinated. “It’s not like we weren’t going to get it. We haven’t got it yet.
When the death toll in mid-June exceeded 600,000, vaccinations were already taking Castleload down, restrictions were being lifted and people were looking forward to returning to normal life during the summer. Daily deaths in the United States have dropped from an average of over 3,000 to an average of 340 in mid-January. Shortly afterwards, health officials called it an epidemic of immunizations.
But as the Delta spread across the country, the case load and deaths increased – especially among the unsafe and young, with reports of dramatic increases in hospital admissions and deaths among people under 65 in hospitals across the country. Has been given. Low rates, a sign of efforts to provide booster shots to vulnerable Americans.
Now, daily deaths averaged 1,1,900 a day. Cases began to fall from their peak in September, but there are fears that conditions could worsen in the winter months when cold weather takes people inside.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 65 percent of Americans have been given at least one dose of the vaccine, while about 56 percent have been fully vaccinated.
But millions of people are either refusing or still on the fence because of fear, misinformation and political beliefs. Healthcare workers report being threatened by patients and community members who do not believe Code-19 is genuine.
The first known deaths from the virus in the United States occurred in early February 2020. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. During the deadliest phase of the catastrophe, in the winter of 2020-21, it took just one month for 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.
The United States reached 500,000 deaths in mid-February, when the country was still in the midst of winter and the vaccine was only available to a limited number of people. The death toll in April was about 70,570,000 when every adult American qualified for the shots.
“I remember when we broke the 100,000 death toll, people just shook their heads and said, ‘Oh, my God,'” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. ‘Are we going to get 200,000?’ Then we kept seeing signs of 100,000 deaths, “and eventually surpassed 675,000 American deaths from the 1918-19 flu epidemic.
Benjamin said, “And we are not finished yet.
The deaths during the Delta surge are unshakable in southern hotspots. About 79 out of every 100,000 people in Florida have died of COVID since mid-June, the highest rate in the country.
Amanda Alexander, a Code-19 ICU nurse at Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia, said Thursday that she would die in each of her last three shifts.
“I’ve seen a 20-year-old die. I’ve seen 30-year-old, 40-year-olds,” without pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk. “Ninety-nine percent of our patients are unvaccinated. And it’s very disappointing because the facts don’t just lie and we see it every day.
Webber reports from Mission, Kansas, from Fenton, Michigan and Hollingsworth. Associated Press Medical Writer Carla Johnson and data journalist Justin Myers contributed to the story.