According to an article in Wikipedia, the U.S. has had 666,441 combat deaths in all of the wars the U.S. has ever fought. COVID has now killed over 900,000 Americans.
The combat death total includes:
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, “Two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, America’s death toll is closing in on one million.”
The WSJ adds, “Federal authorities estimate that 987,456 more people have died since early 2020 than would have otherwise been expected, based on long-term trends. People killed by coronavirus infections account for the overwhelming majority of cases.”
These are just the deaths actually caused by COVID. “Thousands more died from derivative causes, like disruptions in their healthcare and a spike in overdoses,” according to the Journal.
As to any comparison to WWII, the WSJ points out, “Covid-19 has left the same proportion of the population dead—about 0.3%—as did World War II, and in less time.”
The Journal adds:
Epidemiologists commonly measure excess deaths to gauge the full impact of major events, from heatwaves to hurricanes.
For the pandemic, the CDC calculated the excess by comparing deaths from each week of the pandemic to averages from the prior six years.
The agency then makes some adjustments to account for factors such as
In 2019, the U.S. recorded 2.85 million deaths, following a climb of about 1.6% a year over the decade as the population grew and aged.
In 2020, the number ballooned by 18.5% to 3.38 million deaths.
Last year, 2021, provisional data show 3.41 million deaths.
The CDC has registered roughly 875,000 Covid-19 fatalities on death certificates. In at least 90% of those cases, the disease is listed as the underlying cause. For the remainder, it was listed as a contributing cause.
What’s incredibly sad to me, as a physician, is knowing that a very high percentage of the current deaths are occurring in unvaccinated individuals and among those who are vaccinated but not yet boosted.
If you’re eligible for the vaccine or the booster, now’s the time to get your vaccination status updated. This will protect you, your family, your friends, and your colleagues.
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