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More than 1 million people have died of Covid-19 in the US


By Deidre McPhillips, CNN

More than one million people have now died of Covid-19 in the US since the pandemic’s start, according to Tuesday data from Johns Hopkins University — a reminder the pandemic is not over even as much of the country pushes to move away from Covid-19 measures.

And experts believe the true toll of the disease is higher.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of Covid-19 deaths in the US was about 32% higher than reported between February 2020 and September 2021. Provisional data from the CDC also shows the US surpassed the death milestone during the week ending on May 14, and a CNN analysis of data released by the agency shows that severe outcomes disproportionately affected older Americans and minority populations.

About three-quarters of all Covid-19 deaths have been among seniors, including more than a quarter among people 85 and older, according to CDC data. And while racial and ethnic disparities have lessened over the course of the pandemic, the risk of dying from Covid-19 has been about two times higher for Blacks, Hispanics and American Indians compared to Whites in the US.

Last week, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation marking a million deaths and ordered the American flag to fly half-staff, writing that the nation “must not grow numb to such sorrow.”

“To heal, we must remember,” the President said in a statement. “We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible.”

And it all comes as Covid-19 cases are rising again across the country, with reported infections more than doubling over the past month in the US overall. New York City reached the “high” Covid-19 alert level, indicating high community spread and “substantial pressure on the health care system,” officials said, and encouraged people to wear high-quality masks in all public indoor settings and crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of whether vaccination status is known.

Across the world, there have been more than 524 million cases reported of the virus since the pandemic’s start — more than 82 million of which have been in the US.

Grim milestones throughout the pandemic

The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

  • The US reported its first 100,000 deaths about two and a half months later, by May 23, 2020, according to Johns Hopkins.
  • There had been 200,000 deaths reported about four months after that, by September 22, 2020.
  • There were 300,000 deaths reported less than three months after that, by December 12, 2020.
  • There were 400,000 deaths reported about a month later, by January 17, 2021.
  • There were 500,000 deaths reported about another month after that, by February 21, 2021.
  • There were 600,000 deaths reported about four months later, by June 16, 2021.
  • There were 700,000 deaths reported about three and half months after that, by October 1, 2021.
  • There were 800,000 deaths reported about two and a half months after that, by December 13, 2021.
  • Less than two months later on February 4, the US reported a total of 900,334 deaths.

Overall, death rates have been higher in the Northeast region of the country and lowest in the West, according to JHU data.

But at the state level, death rates have been highest in Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma — each with more than 400 total Covid-19 deaths for every 100,000 people — compared with Vermont and Hawaii, which have had about 100 deaths for every 100,000 people.

Globally, there have been more than 6.2 million reported Covid-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Vaccinations have saved millions of lives

Vaccinations for the virus have saved millions of lives, but about half of all Covid-19 deaths in the US have happened over the past year — when vaccines were already widely available for everyone age 5 and older.

And though the government has not shared an official estimate of how many vaccinated people have died of Covid-19, a CNN analysis of CDC data shows that deaths in recent months have been much more evenly split between vaccinated and unvaccinated people as highly transmissible variants take hold, vaccine protection wanes and booster uptake stagnates.

But the risk of dying from Covid-19 is still about five times higher for unvaccinated people than it is for vaccinated people, according to the CDC.

And evidence continues to build around the critical importance of booster shots.

Of those vaccinated people who died from a breakthrough case of Covid-19 in January and February, less than a third had gotten a booster shot, according to a CNN analysis of data from the CDC. The remaining two-thirds had only received their primary series.

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      1. How do you define “few” ? I would say more than 100 is a helluva lot. Post your data- lets compare notes… if you dare to back you comment with facts that is.

    1. This CNN “crap” you and other trolls attack in broad over-generalizations is factual and accurate relay of information from the World Health Organization, published in similar fashion by most media outlets around the world.
      But of course the WHO is UN which is One World Order, etc. etc.
      Our company will continue its relationship with CNN, despite the attacks, mostly without basis. They’re not perfect, neither am I – or you.

      1. “Perfection” is not the issue… integrity- honesty- and ethics is… and CNN has failed miserably. Do try to learn the difference.

        1. And he will argue till the 🐄 s come home that cnn has americans best interest at heart but we’re too selfish to 🙈 the good in their nature.

      2. RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA. Nick Sandmann abused a “native American Elder”. Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist, Jussie Smollet was lynched. Come on Barney. KTVZ posts every lie from AP and CNN. It reflects what KTVZ stands for. I will keep calling you out for working for a disgusting company that publishes every single lie for the benefit of the democrat party. If my boss was a liar I would find other employment. You have not.

        1. ANY actual factual errors this week in any AP/CNN content on our site?
          I bet if we could time travel we’d argue endlessly over whether THOSE stories were “lies” or accurately reflected the actions and views of politicians etc. then.
          I will never buy the “fake news” claptrap. Are there examples of CNN leaning? Of course, and we tried to make sure never to spotlight it from our automated feed.
          And Fox, and MSNBC etc. etc.? Of course. But lots of factual content too.
          The over-generalizations are BS. The country’s media doesn’t deserve the rap in any way shape or form. And you know it. I hope an upvote/downvote system will show I’m in the majority, but loudness/volume/repetitiveness doesn’t prove a single thing.

      1. Mr. Bubble Face, Democrats have literally destroyed Oregon. It is officially GONE. I did a play with wording. Sorry it was so complicated for the tiny brain inside the fat head that you have. Glad I can easily explain it to you like I would to a five year old. If I could attach a crayon drawing to further illustrate the little riddle that I created, then I would.

        1. We will be going to a new comment platform, I’ve learned. Hopefully the nasty attacks will be downvoted into relative invisibility, as they should. Our Terms of Service also may change to encourage civil dialogue and minimize the impact of trolls’ offensive attacks. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who read the comments either for entertainment or to shake their heads and would never dare comment for fear of unfair wrong personal attacks. So the rules may change, but as always despite the troll claims, they will be judgment calls enforced fairly.
          BTW, factually the state has many serious issues, but it is not “destroyed.” That’s the most sour thing trolls do – over-generalize to ridiculous extremes. Valid criticism is much more valuable and likely to persuade someone to listen.

  1. Do not be fooled- this is another “last gasp” effort by the CDC- the WHO- to stay relevant… they are not… they’ve overplayed their hands through blatant lies and political propaganda… don’t be so stupid as to think that this is anything more than CNN crap and a WHO/CDC money run ! The hoax is over- let it go- back to your lives people !

    1. KTVZ News can regulate what is posted. It’s their right. Your opinions should be regulated to brainwashing your family only. Your opinions is the problem with our country. I bet you didn’t go to college.

  2. Now, how many died in a car accident or fell off a ladder (like the person in Burns) but then tested positive for covid? Or how many of the hospitalized patients were there for something else and got tested for covid and was positive but was counted covid patient. I saw this first hand and there were thousands.

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