- More Americans have died of Covid in 2021 – more than 353,000 – more than 352,000 to die in 2020
- January 2021 was the deadliest month of the pandemic with 101,672 deaths and February was the third deadliest month with 55,654 deaths.
- More than 80,000 people died of COVID-19 between August and September, when the vaccine was widely available
- Most of the COVID-19 deaths currently being recorded in the nation are among unrelated people
More Americans have died from COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020.
In one week in October, the US has recorded more than 353,000 Covid deaths since the start of the year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, in 2020, when the pandemic first began in late winter, there were about 352,000 deaths from the virus.
A large number of 2021 deaths this year occurred in January and February, when the US was experiencing its third and deadliest wave.
It comes less than a week after the US hit a grim milestone and surpassed 700,000 coronavirus deaths last Friday.
The US has recorded over 353,000 COVID-19 deaths in 2021, surpassing the nearly 352,000 total figure recorded in 2021 (above).
January was the deadliest month of the pandemic, recording 101,672 deaths. February was the third deadliest month of the pandemic with 55,654 deaths
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), January 2021 was the deadliest month of the pandemic so far, recording 101,672 deaths.
It is the only month in which more than 100,000 Americans died from the virus, and accounts for about 30 percent of all deaths this year.
More than 55,000 deaths were recorded in February, the third highest for any month.
Between December 2020 – 88,944 – January and February 2021, the second highest death toll was 246,270 in just three months, accounting for more than a third of all COVID deaths since the pandemic began.
Since then the deaths started decreasing, however, June and July each recorded less than 10,000 Covid deaths.
The delta variant, a highly contagious strain of the virus that originated in India, would then find its way into the nation in the summer, leading to a huge spike in cases and deaths.
In August 2021, 33,856 deaths from Covid were recorded, according to CDC data.
September was the deadliest US month since February, recording 49,343 deaths.
The difference between the increase in late summer compared to deaths in January and February is that now COVID vaccines are widely available in the US – otherwise there could have been many more deaths.
While the death toll was very low in 2021, they increased once again in August (33,856 deaths) and September (49,343). Unlike previous death surges, however, the incidence of Covid increased in late summer, while vaccines were widely available. Pictured: A nurse treats a patient on August 24 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Two weeks ago, on 23 September, nearly 2,000 deaths were being recorded every day across the country. This figure has fallen by ten percent to about 1,800 deaths per day.
Currently, 65.1 percent of Americans have received at least one shot of the vaccine, and 56.2 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are also available for Americans 65 years of age or older with serious comorbidities, and 6.76 million doses have been administered.
Almost all deaths currently being recorded in the country are among those unconnected with the US sitting on a stockpile of unused COVID vaccines.
However, deaths in early October are currently trending in the right direction.
Two weeks ago, on 23 September, nearly 2,000 deaths were being recorded every day across the country.
About 1,800 people die per day, dropping this figure by ten percent.
Death is a backward indicator and often follows the same trend as cases, only after three or four weeks.
In the past two weeks, new Covid cases fell 20 percent from 127,000 new cases to 101,000 per day, indicating that deaths will continue to decline.