By Scottie Andrew | CNN
The United States has long prided itself as the world’s shining beacon. But its current status is a much darker one: the globe’s leader in coronavirus cases.
More than 125,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, and more than 2.5 million Americans have been infected.
American life has been irrevocably altered by the worst pandemic in a century. And as the country struggles to reopen, cases of Covid-19 have surged again — this time in young people and in states that had previously avoided the brunt of the virus.
Here, in dollars, percentages and — most tragically — lives, is the pandemic’s devastating toll on the US.
The US leads the world in cases and deaths
The US death toll is more than twice as high as that of the country with the second-highest death rate, Brazil. That South American country has reported more than 57,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s global case count.
Leaders in both countries have continued to downplay the severity of coronavirus. President Donald Trump has refused to wear masks in public, which research has proven can control the spread of the virus, and has encouraged businesses to resume operations against the guidance of health officials who believe premature reopenings could lead to surges in cases like the US is seeing now.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro called coronavirus a “little flu” and maintains that an economic shutdown would be worse for the country than the pandemic. He’s also eschewed mask and social distancing guidance in public and has been criticized for underreporting coronavirus deaths.
The US represents 4% of the world’s population but 25% of all coronavirus cases
The United States accounts for only 4% of the world’s population, but 25% of Covid-19 cases worldwide.Source: US Census Bureau, Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering(Curt Merrill/CNN)
More people are infected with and die from coronavirus in the US than anywhere else in the world.
There are a few explanations for this disproportionate share of cases. The initial US response to coronavirus was slowed when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus tests failed, delaying testing for weeks. And President Donald Trump throughout February downplayed the threat the virus posed to the US.
Health officials argue that February was a crucial time to contain the virus, and the US missed that window. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar gave a similar warning last week when he told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the “window is closing” for the US to get the pandemic under control.
Over 1,000 Americans die every day in the US from coronavirus
Coronavirus has now killed nearly 126,000 people in the US since the first death was reported in February, according to Johns Hopkins University’s case count. That’s an average of around 1,039 deaths per day.
The number shot up from the end of May, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics