US COVID-19 death toll hits 500,000 as hospital cases drop

Today the United States met a grim milestone: In 1 year, more than half a million Americans have died from COVID-19, as at least 28,174,133 million have suffered infections, thousands have lost jobs, and all have had the pandemic touch multiple aspects of everyday life.

To mark the passing of 500,000 Americans, President Joe Biden today will hold a moment of silence and candle-lighting ceremony at sundown at the White House.

The Washington Post today put the 500,000 death toll in context. The first US death from COVID-19 was reported on Feb 29, 2020. By May 28, 100,000 had died. Deaths remained at a fairly steady clip until a post-holiday surge.

It took only 1 month, from Jan 19 to today, for the nation’s death tally to grow from 400,000 to 500,000.

Now, more Americans have died from COVID-19 than American soldiers in both World Wars and Vietnam, combined. And the New York Times pointed out the death toll means 1 in 670 Americans have died from the virus.


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