On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the death toll of Americans from COVID-19, a highly contiguous disease caused by the coronavirus pandemic, topped 60,000 and the outbreak would be more deadly than the infamous flu of 1967 if the present rate of the virus infection continued in the future. No treatment or vaccine is yet invented for coronavirus while flu vaccines are widely available along with treatments.
Coronavirus More Deadly
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), America’s worst flu season in recent years was happened in 2017-2018 with more than 61,000 people died. The federal health agency also mentioned that some of the major deadlier flu seasons included that in 1967 when about 100,000 Americans died, 1957 when 116,000 died and the Spanish flu of 1918 when 675,000 died.
Currently, the US has the world’s highest coronavirus death toll since the first death of American was recorded on February 29. Experts estimated that on average around 2,000 people died daily in the month of April in the US. According to the University of Washington’s predictive model often cited by White House officials, the outbreak could take nearly 73,000 lives in the US by August 4, compared with an April 22 forecast of over 67,600.
On Tuesday, crossing over 1 million cases of the virus infection, COVID-19 deaths in the US has overshadowed the 58,220 Americans killed during 16 years of US military involvement during the Vietnam War. However, state public health officials claimed that the actual numbers of infected cases would be higher due to the shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity.
Negligence from the US Government
In the initial stage of the virus eruption, the US government under the Trump administration had underestimated the gravity of the health problems and the fatal rate of the pandemic that was likely to be caused by the virus outbreak. Despite several warnings from medical experts and health professionals, US President Trump had not given any heed to experts’ calls. It would remain unthinkable for many leaders in early March about the prospect that the virus would kill more Americans than the flu.
Republican President Trump tweeted on March 9, “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”
Similarly, Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers on March 11, during a radio interview that it was okay to dine at restaurants if they felt they were not sick. On that same day, a renowned American diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the US Congress that the coronavirus was at least 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.
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