COVID is a virus that infects people. The rate of deaths in the United States has dropped to about 600 a day on average, the lowest amount in ten months, with the number of lives lost falling to single digits in more than half of the states and even zero on certain days.
Lowest Level Of Deaths In The U.S. In Last Ten Months
The number of confirmed infections per day has dropped to about 38,000 on average, the lowest level since mid-September. Though this is indeed causing concern, they have dropped by 85 percent from a high of over a quarter million per day in early January.
Early July, almost a year ago, was the last time mortality rates were this poor. COVID-19 deaths in the United States peaked at more than 3,400 a day in mid-January, only a month into the country’s largest vaccine campaign.
The Boston Herald printed a big zero on Wednesday’s front page stating that the state has no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in the past one-year. On Tuesday, Indiana only confirmed one COVID-19 death. Kansas has been in the single digits since February, with several days with just one fatality.
Vaccinations have played a critical part, according to Dr. Amesh Adalja, who is an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins University, even though the country failed to achieve herd immunity.
The main goal was to deprive the virus of the potential to kill at the pace it should, which he said was accomplished. They’ve effectively tamed the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45 percent of people in the United States are completely vaccinated, and about 59 percent have had at least one injection. Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for the use of 12- to 15-year-olds this week, potentially easing the reopening of schools around the country.
According to data from Johns Hopkins, some states, including Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, and Hawaii, had less than one death a day during the past week.
And, with the exception of Florida, all of the five states with the highest regular mortality rates, Michigan (65.4), Florida (61.7), California (48), Texas (44), and New York (39.3), are decreasing.
California, which was at the forefront of the U.S. epidemic this winter, had 1,231 confirmed infections on Wednesday, down from 40,000 at its height. On Tuesday, 18 people died in Los Angeles County, compared to over 200 a day in January.
The progress hasn’t been uniform. Coronavirus deaths are just beginning to decrease in Michigan, which has had the nation’s highest outbreak rate for weeks. Two weeks earlier, it was about 68 deaths a day.
The downfall in the cases has been more promising, falling from an average of about 4,860 a day two weeks ago to about 2,680 on Monday. Hospitalizations have also decreased by 30% from their height in mid-April, according to state authorities.
At the peak of the epidemic, the Amos Family Funeral Home & Crematory in Kansas was inundated with COVID-19 patients, with many arriving each week. However, it has been weeks since it has dealt with one, according to Parker Amos, president of the Kansas City-area firm.
He defined it as a massive relief. Being in this business was frightening, especially at the outset, because he didn’t know how serious it was or would get. The funeral home is now working on a backlog of memorial services that families postponed as the number of cases increased.
The estimated death rate in the United States is about 583,000, according to a survey released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which predicted that new deaths and cases will decrease significantly by the end of July and continue to drop after that.