The spiraling infections caused by new Delta variant coupled with refusal of many US citizens to get the jab has contributed to making 2021 deadliest year in the country.
2021 has surpassed the previous year 2020 in terms of the total fatalities that the US has experienced due to the coronavirus pandemic. While 2020 marked the total disruption of the US economy that led to the closure of the businesses, manufacturing plants, travel and tourism, schools and colleges, etc., this year has been proved deadliest in the sense that the death toll in the country has crossed 704,000 mark. In 2020, the total number of people who died because of coronavirus were 352,000. This means the current year had almost double the number of deaths that the US witnessed last year.
According to the latest data published by Johns Hopkins University, the hospitalization and death trends in the US is now experiencing a downward trajectory. Making a comparison to the data four weeks ago, the statistics show that the hospitalization trend has been down by the 26.9% while the number of covid patients occupying the ICU beds has also decreased by 25.3%. It also comes as a solace for the administration that the overall pace of the facilities experienced has diminished by around 12% as compared to the peak registered by the country on September 22.
Experts attribute this record-high number of fatalities in the US in the current year to the mix of highly infectious Delta variant and the refusal of people (around 70 million) to get vaccinated despite the availability of the dose. Both these factors have come together to make the country vulnerable to the constantly changing and adapting Coronavirus that continues to find new victims in the country on a daily basis.