Daily US Times: The Covid-19 death toll in the United States crossed 700,000 late Friday — a number greater than the population of Boston.
The US has experienced the last 100,000 deaths during a time when vaccines were available to any American over the age of 12. Experts say vaccines overwhelmingly prevent deaths, hospitalizations and serious illness from Covid-19.
It is a milestone that did not have to happen this soon.
The milestone is deeply frustrating to the American public, public health officials and doctors, who watched the Covid-19 pandemic that had been easing earlier in the summer take a dark turn. Tens of millions of American citizens have refused to get vaccinated against the deadly disease, allowing the highly contagious delta variant of the virus to tear through the country and raised the death toll from 600,000 to 700,000 in 3 and half months.
By far, the state of Florida suffered the most Covid related deaths of any state in the US during that period, with about 17,000 residents died since the middle of June. Texas remains second with 13,000 deaths. Florida and Texas account for 15% of the population in the US, but more than 30% of the country’s deaths since the US crossed the 600,000 threshold.
Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in mid-June: “If we had been more effective in our vaccination, then I think it’s fair to say, we could have prevented 90 percent of those deaths.”