US nearing 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths

Dr. Jen Ashton puts the tragic milestone in context and explains why that number may actually be too low.
1:23 | 02/22/21

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Let's get to the major development, we begin with a look at the historic coronavirus case numbers from Johns Hopkins university. There are now more than 111.3 million confirmed cases, of coronavirus, around the world, 28.1 million of those here in the U.S., and as this country hovers now at that painful marker, nearly 500,000 American lives lost. 500, put that in context for us with what you're going through. It is so important, when people hear that number that we don't develop what's called psychic numbness. So for some medical and historical perspective, I want you to take a look at some of these numbers. First of all, medically, every year, 659,000 people lose their lives due to heart disease, just about 600,000 due to cancer, and then in history, Americans 405,000 lives lost in World War II, about 116,000 in World War I, and now, 7,000 both immediate and long-term after 9/11. And as tragic as 500,000 covid deaths is in one year, how accurate is that number, Jen? You guys, believe it or not, according to epidemiologists, that is likely an underestimate. So many deaths not officially attributed to covid-19. Certainly powerful and a reminder indeed that this is a deadly disease that we need to continue to fight against. 100%. Each and every day.

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