On Monday, the United States registered more than 500 thousand deaths from COVID-19, a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that first arrived on the coast of that country just over a year ago.
This figure has left families in mourning nationwide.
Global deaths related to COVID-19 have exceeded the number of 2 million 470 thousand, with the US leading all countries with more than double the number of deaths with respect to the number registered for the next closest country, Brazil, according to Bloomberg’s virus tracker.
Hospitalizations and deaths have declined since peaking in early January as treatments have improved.
A growing number of Americans have gained natural immunity from surviving the coronavirus, and more people are receiving vaccines produced by Moderna or Pfizer. However, there is still a growing threat of rapid mutations that have emerged from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, and are now increasingly seen in the US.
« Half a million deaths, » Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease physician, said on .’s broadcast Sunday. « It’s terrible. It’s historic. We haven’t seen anything like it in over a hundred years since the 1918 flu pandemic. »