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Another grim milestone: 1 in 500 Americans has died of COVID-19

The burden of death in the prime of life has been disproportionately borne by Black, Latino, and American Indian and Alaska Native people.


September 16, 2021

Michael S. Williamson, Washington Post

Ricky Franklin and his wife, Caylenn Franklin, center, are comforted by Anglea Jackson on Aug. 6 in West Memphis, Ark. The Franklins' 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn, died of COVID-19.

At a certain point, it was no longer a matter of if the United States would reach the gruesome milestone of 1 in 500 people dying of COVID-19, but a matter of when. A year? Maybe 15 months? The answer: 19 months.

Given the mortality rate from COVID and our nation's population size, "we're kind of where we predicted we would be with completely uncontrolled spread of infection," said Jeffrey Klausner, clinical professor of medicine, population and public health sciences at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. "Remember at the very beginning, which we don't hear about anymore, it was all about flatten the curve."

The idea, he said, was to prevent "the humanitarian disaster" that occurred in New York City, where ambulance sirens were a constant as hospitals were overwhelmed and mortuaries needed mobile units to handle the additional dead.


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