Mortality per capita in the United States was higher than in many other developed countries.
The number of deaths in the United States associated with the coronavirus reached 800 thousand. The sad milestone was passed against the background of the country’s preparation for a potential surge in morbidity due to the increase in the time people spend indoors due to cold weather and the spread of the highly contagious strain Omicron.
The milestone passed means that the number of deaths from coronavirus has exceeded the entire population of the state of North Dakota.
Despite the widespread availability of vaccines, more people have died from the virus in the United States this year than in the past, due to the more contagious variant of delta and the refusal of many Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 450 thousand people have died in the United States with COVID-19, which is 57 percent of all deaths from this disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
Health experts say that most of the patients who died this year were unvaccinated. Mortality has increased despite advances in the care of COVID-19 patients and the emergence of new treatments such as monoclonal antibodies.
According to Reuters, the number of deaths in the United States increased from 600 thousand to 700 thousand in 111 days. The next 100,000 people died in just 73 days.
According to a Reuters analysis, in many other countries, mortality per capita was significantly lower.
The United States became the leader among the “Big Seven” countries in the number of deaths from COVID-19 per capita for the period from January 1 to November 30 – this is three times higher than in neighboring Canada, and 11 times higher than in Japan.
Among the 38 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States ranks 30th in this indicator.
In comparison with the European Union, the death rate per capita in the United States over the past 11 months was 1.3 times higher than in the EU.
The United States ranks first in the number of reported deaths from COVID-19 in the world. They are followed by Brazil and India.
It is expected that the number of cases in the United States will soon exceed 50 million.