Deaths From Coronavirus Have Surpassed The Number That Died On 9/11
Nearly 165,000 cases of coronavirus have been positively identified within the United States, with 3,170 confirmed deaths being reported.
Those numbers, obtained from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, exceed the total number that died on September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and crashed a plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
On that day, 2,977 Americans were killed, according to figures from CNN.
Passing the number of individuals who perished on that day is a significant milestone, one that puts into perspective for some just what the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought so far in the U.S. More diagnoses and deaths are expected in the days and weeks to come, with coronavirus cases and deaths probably peaking across the nation sometime in late April.
However, the number of cases may be substantially lower than what it truly is — as many as five times lower than the true amount, according to a survey of biostatisticians from last week.
American deaths from the coronavirus now exceed American deaths from 9/11. This is no big deal, according to the people who spent every day since 9/11 exploiting it for their purposes while being contemptuous for the communities directly affected by it. https://t.co/qyX69twdJW
— Adam Serwer? (@AdamSerwer) March 31, 2020
Those same statisticians also suggest that the final death count could be in the hundreds of thousands, perhaps even higher, with 40 percent of them saying it’ll be between 100,000 to 300,000, and 42 percent saying 300,000 or more will likely die from coronavirus by the year’s end.
Another prediction from a group of epidemiologists suggests that 80,000 Americans could die from the disease by the end of July.
President Donald Trump over the weekend changed course in his commentary about coronavirus, saying that if the U.S. was able to limit the number of deaths to between 100,000 and 200,000 that it would be a “very good job” in his mind.
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