Experts Lament ‘America’s failure’ as Coronavirus death Toll Tops 900,000

2022-07-16 0 By

Beijing, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) –The number of deaths from novel coronavirus infections in the United States has exceeded 900,000, according to new coronavirus data released by Johns Hopkins University on Thursday.Some US public health experts believe that this “astronomical figure” reflects not only the transmission power of the Novel coronavirus strain of omicron, but also the politicization and rumor “virus” of the US epidemic prevention policy.According to the Associated Press, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now exceeds the populations of some major U.S. cities, such as San Francisco and Indianapolis.”Despite having enormous wealth and world-class medical institutions, the new coronary disease death toll is higher than any other country, and directly or indirectly died in will be the actual number of coronavirus is considered even much higher than the data quoted”, such as experts believe exist “false alarm causes” case, at the same time, some people with heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases because of the outbreak, unable or unwilling to go to a doctor,They died because they were not treated in time.Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2021 shows refrigerated trucks storing the bodies of COVID-19 patients at a temporary morgue in Brooklyn, New York, the United States.(Xinhua/Wang Ying) In less than two months, the death toll in the United States rose from 800,000 to more than 900,000.Some public health experts have blamed the rapid increase in deaths on the highly contagious omicron strain as well as anti-vaccine sentiment in the United States.”It’s an astronomical number,” said Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. “If you had told most Americans two years ago at the start of the pandemic that 900,000 americans would die in the next few years, I don’t think most people would have believed it.”Jha was particularly saddened by the fact that most of the more than 900,000 deaths occurred after COVID-19 vaccines were approved.”We got it right in medicine, but we failed in the social sciences.In terms of helping people get vaccinated, fighting rumors, fighting politicization, we have failed.And when they fail, America fails as a nation.”People take part in a march in Washington, D.C., the United States, Jan. 23, 2019.(Xinhua/Allen) The United States will start COVID-19 vaccination in mid-December 2020.According to the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention, only 64 percent of the U.S. population, or about 212 million people, are fully vaccinated.When the VACCINATION campaign began, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States was about 300,000.By mid-June 2021, that number had doubled to 600,000;It reached 700,000 on October 1, 800,000 on December 14, and 900,000 51 days later.Jha predicted the death toll could reach one million by April.’Underestimated the enemy’ Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that in the past two weeks, 49 us states have seen a consistent decline in the number of cases.Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has dropped by 15% since mid-January.There is already a tendency to relax quarantine measures in some regions.Los Angeles County may lift its mandatory mask requirement within weeks, the county’s public health chief said Wednesday.Iowa’s governor announced Monday that the state’s “public health disaster” response will end on January 15.However, the number of new daily deaths in the United States remains high, averaging more than 2,400 a day, and is rising in at least 35 states, reflecting the time lag between infection and death.People wearing face masks walk in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 31, 2019.(Xinhua/Shen Ting) Some PUBLIC health officials and experts in the United States warned against letting down guard too early, as the outbreak could get worse or a new strain of highly contagious and pathogenic virus could emerge.Although the omicron strain causes lower rates of severe illness and death than the Delta strain, it also causes a greater absolute number of hospitalizations, severe cases, and deaths due to its high infectivity and large infected base.Novel coronavirus infections have become the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.”We underestimated the enemy and were not prepared to defend ourselves,” said Joshua Schaffstein, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.In the face of a deadly infectious respiratory virus, we have been humbled.””We’ve been arguing internally about what is really a lifesaving tool.The vaccine is very safe and effective, but the amount of politics and misinformation surrounding it is just staggering.”Schafstein said.Jha said he and others in the medical community are frustrated that policy makers appear to have “run out of ideas” to convince Americans to vaccinate. “We have to redouble our efforts to come up with new ideas,” he said.(kamijo)