By the end of this week, just over a year after the first recorded US COVID-19 death, more than 500,000 people will have died from the disease.
It’s a historical phenomenon. It’s nothing like we’ve ever been, but, in the last 102 years after the influenza pandemic of 1918,”It’s something that is historic. It’s nothing like we’ve ever been though in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic,”
“It really is a terrible situation that we’ve been through and that we’re still going through. And that’s the reason why we keep insisting to continue with the public health measures — because we don’t want this to get much worse than it already is.”
On Sunday, the New York Times released a confrontational front page graphic with a mark for each of the nearly 500,000 deaths in the US already.
“More than in three wars,” read one of the headlines in the newspaper.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 497,600 individuals have died from COVID-19 in the US so far.
And another 91,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease by June 1, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment of the University of Washington.
Decreases in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks have caused restrictions to be loosened by some state and local officials.
But health experts warn it is important to double down on protection measures to avoid yet another devastating surge as new coronavirus variants spread.
The IHME team wrote, “The most uncertain driver of the trajectory of the epidemic over the next four months is how individuals will respond to steady declines in daily cases and deaths,”
“More rapid increases in mobility or reductions in mask use can easily lead to increasing cases and deaths in many states in April.”