America witnessed its first known Covid-19 death on February 6th. Since then, over 300,000 people have lost their lives to this hyper infectious disease. That averages to nearly a thousand deaths every day.
And what’s even more worrisome is that the daily death rate is still rising.
According to Johns Hopkins University, this holiday season, (since the start of the Thanksgiving celebrations up till now) has been particularly harsh on Americans, who’ve had over 50,000 deaths within the last one month alone.
Then the last week recorded an average of over 2,400 Covid-19 deaths from Covid-19 a day.
These recent figures, average down to one death every 40 seconds from the deadly virus.
Health authorities say that the death toll will continue to accelerate through the winter while the pandemic continues to push hospitals to their maximum capacity. Recent data released by the US Department of Health and Human Services shows thata minimum of 200 hospitals are at full capacity already.
In addition, one-third of all hospitals have reported that their Covid-19 patients occupy more than 90% of the ICU beds.
More hospitals are now running out of resources including beds and health care workers. As a result of this, not only are there more Covid-19 patients unable to get attention in time, but it’s also putting immense pressure on the overall health care system. It’s impacting anyone in need of medical attention.
While vaccinations are now available and being prioritized, it will simply take a few months before most Americans are vaccinated. In the meantime, much needs to be done in order to avoid further spread.
The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation Forecast predicts that by April 2021, America’s Covid-19 death toll would have exceeded 500,000. But is there anything that can be done to bring this number down?
The researchers say that this number can be brought lower if more people agree to wear masks and wear them consistently.
For instance, if up to 95% of Americans commit to cregularly wearing masks (at present only 72% wear them), then the number of total deaths can be brought down by 56,000.
American medical authorities have been warning people to make wiser choices for this holiday season. We are seeing and living with the “surge upon surge” in Covid-19 numbers following theThanksgiving celebrations that Dr. Fauci had predicted and warned us about.
It’s still not too late.
We can all commit to celebrating Christmas at home and avoid travelling. It’s high time we do our best at fighting the accelerating Covid-19 spread.