More Americans have died from Covid-19 in the first nine months of 2021 than all the Americans that died of the virus in 2020.
According to data collected by John Hopkins University, 353,000 people have died since January 1, with 47,000 deaths coming in the last month. In comparison, 352,000 people died in 2020.
More than 700,000 people have died, surpassing the death toll from the influenza pandemic of 1918.
Despite the grim steady death toll of roughly 2,000 a day, the seven-day average of patients hospitalized dropped by nearly 10,000, Forbes reported. New cases and pediatric infections have been decreasing.
A recent study from the Department of Health & Human Services indicated that vaccines prevented hundreds of thousands of coronavirus infections and tens of thousands of deaths among the elderly. Around 80% of senior citizens are vaccinated, and many are eligible for a booster shot.
Deaths and hospitalizations are primarily taking place in states with low vaccination rates and few hospitals in rural areas in the South.