Daily COVID-19 Deaths In America Are Hitting Almost 1900

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American media are reporting that for the first time since early March 2021, COVID-19 death rates are once again climbing in the country with daily rates now topping almost 1,900.

As of today, (22nd September, 2021) according to statistics from Worldometer site, more than 43.2 million Americans have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and more than 696,867 Americans have died from COVID-19. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
 
Under the current administration however, doctors are reporting that there is deliberate under reporting to make the administration look good and even sites like The Covid Tracking project were forced to shut down. https://covidtracking.com/data/charts/us-daily-deaths
 
Medical experts are saying the SARS-CoV-2 virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.
 
Increasing daily caseloads and disease severity due to the Delta strain and sub-variants has filled hospitals, complicated the start of the school year, delayed the return to offices and demoralized health care workers.
 
Dr Dena Hubbard, a pediatrician in the Kansas City, Missouri, area who has cared for babies delivered prematurely by cesarean section in a last-ditch effort to save their mothers, some of whom died told media, “It is devastating. For health workers, the deaths, combined with misinformation and disbelief about the virus, have been ‘heart-wrenching, soul-crushing.'” 
 
It was reported that twenty-two people died in one week alone at CoxHealth hospitals in the Springfield-Branson area, a level almost as high as that of all of Chicago. West Virginia has had more deaths in the first three weeks of September ie about 340 than in the previous three months combined. Georgia is averaging 125 dead per day, more than California or other more populous states.
 
Collin Follis, who is the coroner in Missouri’s Madison County and works at a funeral home added, “I’ve got to tell you, a guy has got to wonder if we are ever going to see the end of it or not.”

America was stunned back in December 2020 when it was witnessing 3,000 deaths a day. But that was when almost no one was vaccinated.
 
A few months forward, now in September 2021, nearly 64% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. And yet, average deaths per day have climbed 40% over the past two weeks, from 1,387 to 1,947, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
 
Medical experts say the vast majority of the hospitalized and dead have been unvaccinated. While some vaccinated individuals have suffered breakthrough infections, those tend to be mild.
 
However more importantly, the number of vaccine-eligible Americans who have yet to get a shot has been put at more than 70 million.
 
Dr Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, appealed to the unvaccinated via U.S. Medical News, “There is a very real risk you’ll end up in the hospital or even in the obituary pages. Don’t become a statistic when there is a simple, safe and effective alternative to go out today and get vaccinated.”
 
Numerous low-vaccination communities also have high rates of conditions like obesity and diabetes, said Dr William Moss of Johns Hopkins. And that combination along with the more contagious and potent delta variant has proved lethal.
 
Dr Moss lamented, “I think this is a real failure of society and our most egregious sin to be at this stage where we have hospitals overwhelmed, ICUs overwhelmed and hitting this mark in terms of deaths per day.”
 
Daily new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have dropped since the start of September and are now running at about 139,000.
 
However daily COVID-19 deaths typically take longer to fall because victims often linger for weeks before succumbing.
 
65-year-old cattleman In Kansas, Mike Limon thought he had beaten COVID-19 and went back to work for a few days. But the virus had “fried” his lungs and he died last week, said his grandson, Cadin Limon, 22, of Wichita.

He added that his grandfather didn’t get vaccinated for fear of a bad reaction, and he hasn’t gotten the shot either for the same reason, though serious side effects have proved extremely rare.

He described his grandfather as a “man of faith.” “Sixty-five is still pretty young,” the young man said. “I know that. It seems sudden and unexpected, but COVID didn’t surprise God. His death wasn’t a surprise to God. The God I serve is bigger than that.”
 
COVID-19 cases are falling in West Virginia from pandemic highs, but deaths and hospitalizations are expected to continue increasing for as many as six more weeks, said retired National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who leads the state’s coronavirus task force.
 
President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Dr Greg Martin, who practices mostly at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, said the staff is buckling under the strain.
 
He said, “I think everyone in 2020 thought we would get through this. No one really thought that we would still be seeing this the same way in 2021.”
 
Bennett Geister, hospital CEO at Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma which is among several medical centers around the country to add temporary morgues said,” Deaths are at an all-time high there; at three to four times the number it would see in a non-COVID-19 world.

The staff there, too, is worn out. They didn’t sign up to be ICU nurses only to have people pass away on them. They signed up to be ICU nurses to take people to recovery and heal people from the brink of death.”
 
The situation in America is expected to worsen in coming weeks and months as the country starts going into winter. Some modeling platforms are anticipating a huge surge of infections in November to January 2022 with death rates expected to be high.

This is only taking into consideration the Delta variants and some prominent Delta sub-variants. But should a new more concerning, more transmissible, more virulent and more immune evasive variant was to emerge and start being dominant in America, which many experts are actually anticipating such a scenario is likely to happen, then the situation in America could end up being catastrophic.


Monitoring Variant Proportions

Variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are expected to continue to emerge. Some will emerge and disappear, and others will emerge and continue to spread and may replace previous variants. For example, the variant of the virus that caused the first U.S. COVID-19 cases in January 2020 is no longer detected among variants circulating in the country.

CDC’s national SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance program identifies and tracks SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating in the United States and calculates the proportion of variants causing infections, nationally and by HHS region. The thousands of sequences provided every week through CDC’s national genomic surveillance efforts fuel the comprehensive and population-based U.S. surveillance system required to monitor the spread of variants.

Widespread, rapid genomic sequencing provided by the program, combined with phenotypic data, are used to determine whether COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines authorized for use in the United States will work against emerging variants.

Nowcast

Nowcast is a model that projects more recent proportions of circulating variants and enables timely public health action. CDC providing weekly Nowcast estimates which will be updated every week on Tuesday.

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