According to the Johns Hopkins University, the US hit a dismal milestone on Tuesday, surpassing 400,000 coronavirus deaths.
That number is more than the number of Americans who died during World War I, Korean War, and Vietnam War combined, and almost the same number who died in World War II.
It comes on the last full day in office of President Donald Trump and almost exactly a year since the first virus case was discovered in Seattle on January 21.
America’s death toll is the highest in the world, even though the country makes up less than five percent of the world’s population.
More than 24.1 million people have been infected since the pandemic began.
This morning, says Dr. Anthony FauciMasks and social distancing aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and the nation may have to prepare for COVID-19 to stay here.
“We have to make that possible. We have to be prepared for that, ”Fauci told the morning show The National Desk on Tuesday.
“At the moment we are fortunate to have a vaccine that is extremely effective for the strain that is now circulating in our own country. We may need to make changes as new tribes are added. ‘
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert says normalcy can only occur if the majority of the country is vaccinated.
“When the country is 70 to 85 percent vaccinated and we get this blanket or screen of herd immunity so that the virus rate in society is so low that it is really not a threat to anyone, we can start getting on the rigors of that Public health action, ”said Fauci.
“Bottom line: if you get vaccinated, you can’t throw away the masks because you will be infected and potentially infect others.”
The US exceeded 400,000 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University
The death toll, higher than the number of Americans who died during World War I, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined, comes on the last full day in President Donald Trump’s office. Pictured: Trump boards Air Force One prior to departing Harlingen, Texas, Jan. 12, 2021
More than 24.1 million Americans have been infected since the first US case was discovered in Seattle on January 21
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday (pictured) that masks and social distancing are not going anywhere anytime soon and that the nation may need to prepare for COVID-19 to stay here
Already in April, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said up to 240,000 Americans would die if the public didn’t stay home and practice social distancing.
A timeline of key events during the US CORONAVIRUS pandemic
December 31, 2019: Chinese authorities announce that they are treating dozen cases of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan
January 21, 2020: The first U.S. case of coronavirus is discovered in a 30-year-old man in Seattle, Washington, who developed symptoms after a trip to Wuhan
January 30, 2020: WHO declares the virus a global health emergency
February 11, 2020: The WH) names the disease caused by the COVID-19 virus
February 29, 2020: Authorities announce first COVID-19 death at Kirkland Life Care Center in Seattle
March 26, 2020: The United States becomes the most infected country
April 21, 2020: Authorities note that the earliest death from coronavirus occurred in California on February 6
April 30, 2020: American Airlines and Delta Air Lines become the first airlines to require a face mask on flights
At the time, Trump described the estimated death toll as sobering. ‘
The president’s handling of the pandemic has been criticized by both former and current governor officials
“Trump ridiculed safe practices like wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing and then had no plan for the much-anticipated vaccine,” Bruce Heyman, former US Ambassador to Canada, wrote in a tweet.
“Result: 400,000 dead.”
Lowering death rates is likely to be a top priority for President-elect Joe Biden during his first 100 days in office.
The news comes as different variants pop up around the world – including the UK, South Africa, and Brazil – and as Californiawas the first state to record more than three million coronavirus infections on Monday.
The news of California’s milestone wasn’t entirely unexpected – but the speed at which the state was achieving that number has been staggering.
The first coronavirus case in The Golden State was confirmed on January 25, 2020. It took 292 days to hit one million infections on November 11 and 44 days to hit two million on December 24
This means that it took just 25 days to collect three million cases.
California’s case number is also way ahead of other large states. Texas currently has more than two million infections and Florida is just over 1.5 million.
An increase in the number of cases, which began last fall, put a strain on state hospitals and especially intensive care units, as a percentage of those infected – around 12 percent – fell sick enough weeks later to require medical care.
However, the general trend in the country could mean that the Christmas surge is slowing after COVID.
North Dakota has emerged as America’s unlikely leader in the fight against coronavirus. He raced in front of most countries during the vaccine rollout and fought his way back from the worst COVID hotspot in the country with an 80 percent drop in active cases since mid-November.
As of Tuesday morning, only 14.7 million Americans had been vaccinated against COVID-19, and only about 54 percent of vaccine doses distributed to states were given to humans, according to Bloomberg.
Some states like California fail to introduce vaccination, using a meager 40 percent of the doses they are given.
North Dakota, however, flies by the doses sent to it by the federal government, using 78 percent of the doses allotted, and vaccinating just under seven percent of its population.
State officials recognize that North Dakota’s small population is beneficial. But it also gave health care workers a head start in training before the vaccine doses arrived, and a flexible plan was put in place that allows people 65 and older, those with two or more underlying conditions, and childcare and school workers to prioritize Access to vaccinations.
California and New York may be known for their world-class hospitals and medical schools, but they are struggling to get people vaccinated in the COVID-19 crisis.
CALIFORNIA: Despite declining trends, the state recorded a total of more than three million infections on Friday
More than two million cases were recorded on December 24, which means it took only 25 days to register three million cases. Pictured: A nurse takes care of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s Apple Valley, California on Jan. 11
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed the federal government for vaccinating only 5.14 percent of its population by Monday and has asked for federal permission to order cans direct from Pfizer.
But the Empire State only used a little more than half (53 percent) of what the Trump administration delivered to it, and its strict people-prioritization plan called for precious vaccine doses earlier this month.
California is even further behind, vaccinating just 3.3 percent of its population with the massive allotment of 3.5 million doses sent to it by the federal government.
And in Florida, the third state to have a million COVID-19 cases, more than 40,000 people are overdue for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine – a worrying sign that poorly organized residents could leave vulnerable residents unprotected .
North Dakota has administered nearly 53,000 of the 76,275 doses sent to it and has maintained a steady flow of vaccine administration since the first doses arrived last month (pictured), according to the state Department of Health
Active coronavirus cases are down 80%, and the number of new infections daily in the state is a fraction of the number a month ago when North Dakota was one of the top hotspots in the country
Cumulative deaths have increased in North Dakota, but the state has sharply bent the death curve since it rose sharply last month, peaking at 499 deaths in November, followed by 278 in December and 37 in January
According to the latest data, North Dakota administered 3,222 vaccines on Jan. 14 alone. Almost six percent of the population received their first shot, and almost one percent received their second.
The state now has 1,377 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday – just over 10 percent as many as it hit its November high of 10,195.
North Dakota deaths continue to rise but have leveled off since November.
A federal and state game he said, she said, is going on across the nation and doing little to hasten the sluggish rollout.
Officials from Houston, Texas say they are receiving sporadic deliveries of small numbers of vaccine doses.
“Right now, if you have a day (cans) and then go out, it just creates a lot of chaos,” said Dr. Galveston County’s health director Philip Keizer on Monday, according to Houston Public Media.
According to Bloomberg, the federal government has sent around 31.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to the US states.
While West Virginia races to the top of the group, vaccinating nearly nine percent of its population in just one month, California and Alabama rank worst, hugging just 3.3 percent and 2.7 percent of their residents, respectively.
Mass vaccination sites have opened in larger states such as New York, California, and Florida, but the rate of shot delivery remains low.
Some of the states that have been the loudest to blame the federal government for introducing the vaccine are among the slowest to use the doses sent to them.
California vaccinated just 3.3 percent of its population and used just over a third of its allotted doses, even though Disneyland and Dodger Stadium have become mass vaccination sites.
Only about 3% of Americans have received their first doses of coronavirus vaccines, with the highest vaccination rates in West Virginia and the Dakotas and the lowest vaccination rates in Alabama and Arizona
More than half of all coronavirus vaccine doses distributed to U.S. states are on store shelves, with the highest unused shot rates in California and Texas – although the former is one of the worst hotspots for COVID-19 in the world Country is
New York is doing a little better when it has used 53 percent of its doses and vaccinated about 5.4 percent of its population.
Southern and Sun Belt States are fighting. Alabama and Arizona each vaccinated only 2.7 percent of their populations.
This is particularly worrying for Arizona, which has had more coronavirus infections per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The surprise leaders in the race remain West Virginia and the Dakotas.
West Virginia was the only state in the union that has turned down the federal government’s partnership with CVS and WalGreens to help vaccinate its nursing home residents.
And now 8.6 percent of the population is vaccinated – more than any other state.
North and South Dakota have vaccinated nearly seven and 6.45 percent of their respective populations.
A senior federal official told DailyMail.com that the US will achieve its goal of distributing 50 million doses to states this week.
But at this rate, it could be weeks for all of these doses to get into Americans’ arms.
States have given less than half of the cans shipped by the federal government – 46 percent – but some say they are running out of cans.
Last week it was reported that there was no federal supply of second doses to increase supplies to states – after HHS Secretary Alex Azar promised to release the reserve – causing panic.
Federal officials say the number of doses made available to states each week has increased, but the notion that the government ever had a supply was wrong.
In fact, a senior administrative official told DailyMail.com that some states don’t complete all orders for new cans every week, leaving them understaffed.
However, states, including Texas, say they are on track to run out of vaccine doses by next week if they continue to give as many as possible.
Los Angeles is among the worst coronavirus trouble spots in the U.S., and health workers are trying to vaccinate those at risk – including residents of Pasadena nursing homes (pic, file), but the state has only used 27.5% of its allotted doses