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It’s the most recent grim milestone for a country that has by far the world’s highest death toll from the coronavirus.
But it is also one of the most populated countries in the world.
In terms of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, it occupies the ninth place, behind countries like the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal, according to Johns Hopkins University.
That means half a million lives have been lost in just over a year, more than the number killed in the United States by World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.
To put this in perspective…
Death came in three waves
A devastating third increase in the last three months took place during the Christmas holidays.
How does covid compare to cancer?
Covid is among the leading causes of death in the United States.
Last year, it was the third main cause death overall, and heart disease and cancer alone claimed more lives in America.
In some cases, especially during the third wave, it skyrocketed more than heart disease and cancer.
A closer look at the 500,000
At the beginning of the pandemic, it was largely concentrated in a few large cities with diverse black communities, such as New York and Detroit.
But toward the end of last year, some of the least populated states in the United States, including North Dakota and Dakota from the south, experienced some of the worst outbreaks, not just in the United States, but in the world.
Racial minorities, with the exception of Asian Americans, were more likely to die from the virus than white Americans.
Blacks in particular have been the hardest hit, dying a rate 1.4 times higher than whites.
Indigenous communities in particular were the most affected per capita.
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