On Tuesday, the United States passed the latest grim milestone of the pandemic. According to figures from the CDC, there have now been more deaths related to Covid in 2021 than there were in 2020. That may be a difficult notion for many Americans to get their heads around given just how difficult last year was for many.
At the end of 2020, 362,208 American lives had been lost to Covid-19. Yesterday, the pandemic-total toll was 773,779. That means so far in 2021 America has seen 411,571 lives lost to the virus. And there are still five-plus weeks left in the year. With daily deaths averaging about 1,000, another 40,000 souls could be lost before January 1, 2022.