Since outbre-aks began at the end of 2019, the COVID-19 has r!pped through country after country, s!ckening more than 33 million people worldwide and k!lling over 1 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The sta-ggering de*th count reported 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 loss toll.
On September 22, the U.S surpassed 200,000 v!rus loss, just eight months after the country’s first reported case.There are currently 29 states reporting an increase in new cases compared to two weeks ago, and several Midwestern states have reported record cases and hospitalizations.
India is soon expected to surpass the U.S. in positive cases, as high hospitalization rates have climbed in large cities like Mumbai and New Delhi. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly modeled the U.K.’s new v!rus response after Sweden’s, a country that has seen over 5,800 loss among a population of a little over 10 million.
In the U.K., positive cases have passed 441,000 and are sp!king once again. In Brazil, poor conditions and lax restr!ctions have driven positive case numbers past 4.7 million, along with over 141,700 loss. While nowhere near the most f*tal pan*emic in history, which is reserved for the 1918 Spanish fl-u pan*emic that cla!med 50 million lives, the COVID-19′ surv!val rate and loss toll makes it utt-erly unique and de*dly among modern pan*emics.
There are more than 31 million COVID-19 cases confirmed worldwide, with loss tolls growing in several large countries. In comparison, the 2009 H1N1 fl-u had a loss toll of 18,500. The Eb-ola fe-ver has a case f*tality rate of around 50 percent, making it far more d*adly than the COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. A huge difference is that Eb-ola is transmitted through close contact.
Its lack of airborne transmission makes it more easily contained by isolating symptomatic individuals. While di*eases like hepat!tis B and C also have high de*th tolls, most are in poorer and third world countries, where sanitation and medical care are often lacking. In Australia, a country with a population of 24 million, officials have reported fe-wer than 900 COVID-19 loss, a number they attribute to their early lockdowns.
But even countries that had relatively few loss have dealt with resu*gences. New Zealand entered a second lockdown just six weeks after Prime Minister Jacinda Arden declared the v!rus had been er*dicated from the country. Health officials are expecting vaccine trials to enter their final phases toward the end of the year. But because a vaccine will not be 100 percent successful and will not be taken by every citizen, even a successful vaccine may not replace v!rus prevention methods such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and handwashing, according to Dr.Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infe*tious di*ease expert. As the world moves past 1 million loss globally, the next few months will decide how quickly that number may rise.
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