Since the outbreaks began in late 2019, theAccording to the Johns Hopkins University, more than 33 million people have fallen ill and over 1 million people have been killed worldwide. The staggering number of deaths reported on Monday comes nine months after the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China.
The United States currently leads the world as the country with the most confirmed cases and the highest death toll. On September 22nd, the United States200,000 virus deaths just eight months after the country’s first reported case. Currently, 29 states are reporting an increase in new cases compared to two weeks ago, and several Midwestern states have reported record cases and hospitalizations.
India is expected to soon outperform the US in positive cases as hospital stay rates have risen in large cities like Mumbai and New Delhi. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly modeled the UK̵
While the coronavirus is nowhere near the deadliest pandemic in history, reserved for the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and claiming 50 million lives, it makes the coronavirus survival rate and death toll among modern pandemics absolutely unique and deadly. There are more than 31 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with the death toll rising in several large countries. By comparison, the 2009 H1N1 flu killed 18,500.
Ebola fever has a death rate of around 50%, making it far more deadly than the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization. One big difference is that Ebola is transmitted through close contact. The lack of airborne transmission makes containment easier by isolating symptomatic individuals. While diseases such as hepatitis B and C also cause high deaths, most are in poorer and third world countries, where there is often a lack of sanitation and medical care.
In Australia, a country of 24 million people, officials have reported fewer than 900 COVID-19 deaths, a number they attribute to their early lockdowns. But countries with relatively few deaths have also looked at resurrections. Just six weeks after Prime Minister Jacinda Arden declared the virus had been eradicated from the country, New Zealand entered a second lockdown.
Health officials expect vaccine trials to be included in theirstowards the end of the year. But because a vaccine is not going to be 100% successful and not taken by every citizen, even a successful vaccine can, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious man, may not replace virus prevention methods such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand washing as a disease expert.
As the world moves past 1 million deaths worldwide, the next few months will determine how fast that number can rise.