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Epidemiologist Shares How Hard Pandemic Has Hit U.S. — 1 in 1000 Dead

Epidemiologist Shares How Hard Pandemic Has Hit U.S. — 1 in 1000 Dead

Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding is sounding the alarm to tell the world that COVID-19 has now killed 1 in 1000 Americans. That’s not one for every thousand who contracted the virus — it’s one for every thousand people living in the United States.

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While conspiracy theorists and a spate of right-wing politicians insist that COVID-19 is not actually as serious as “the media” (and scientists and medical experts) make it out to be, those in the field are striving to reach the public with accurate information and help Americans realize the severity of the pandemic, promoting the precautions that help control how much worse it gets.

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is one of the epidemiologists trying to help information spread more effectively than the virus. On Twitter Saturday, he shared some alarming statistics, along with informational links to back them up.

Sure enough, the US Census Bureau says that there are just under 331 million people in the United States. Worldometers has the current death toll in the U.S. at 339k.

That’s just a little more than one person dead out of every thousand in the country.

Also, as Dr. Feigl-Ding points out, death rates are up for almost every age group — not just the very elderly, as some would claim.

What’s more, while we do have information about survival rates, we often see those conflated with “recovery rates” — but it’s not yet really clear to what degree a COVID-19 patient can expect to ‘recover,’ even with survival.

9% of COVID-19 patients who are deemed ‘recovered’ and released from the hospital are being readmitted within a few months, and some are being readmitted more than once.

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Doctors are also seeing patients suffer cognitive decline, and perhaps as many as a third of patients are suffering long-term effects including neurological symptoms.

Even as vaccines are becoming available, many people, operating with misinformation from skewed sources, fear the immunization more than the disease, and experts are not certain if enough Americans will accept the shot for the nation to reach herd immunity.

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