It is well into September, and there have been more than 6.3 million cases of Covid-19 in the United States. Almost 189,000 Americans have now died. That is a lot of death. The Covid-19 deathrate has slightly declined, but many survivors are suffering long term effects, especially to the cardiovascular system. Additionally, new research is suggesting that people who carry the gene for sickle cell anemia are more vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19, and that might be why black Americans are disproportionately dying. Compared to white Americans, black Americans are 2.1 times more likely to die from Covid-19.
Los Angeles County remains the nation’s hotspot with very close to 249,000 cases and 6,030 deaths. That has translated to 59.67 deaths per 100,000 people. This is good news considering that 263.24 people per 100,000 population died of covid-19 in Queens, New York.
Compared to other nations, the United States seems to be faring worse. Globally, there have been 27 million cases of Covid-19 and 900,000 deaths. Although this week’s infection rate has increased by 5% over last week, there has been a 2% decrease in the numbers of deaths. Overall, it is the Americas that are the hardest hit.