800,000 Lost. And US Covid Deaths Marching Toward 1 Million.
As Americans families gather around holiday tables this season, more than 800,000 will be missing due to the covid pandemic — 163,000 of which could likely have been avoided with vaccinations, an analysis estimates. Health experts forecast that the U.S. will hit 1,000,000 deaths — and more quickly than previously expected at the latest rate of hospitalization.
800,000 COVID Deaths: US Continues Climb Toward 1 Million Fatalities
"There is no question that we will reach 1 million deaths sooner rather than later," Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told USA TODAY in an interview. "At the current trajectory we may reach it much sooner than expected, with cases, hospitalizations and deaths significantly increasing in the past two months." Such a death toll may be inevitable, but "we can still do a lot within our means to prevent that from happening," said Ogbonnaya Omenka, an assistant professor and director of diversity at the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. (Bacon, 12/14)
Nurse Who Got First Authorized U.S. COVID Vaccine: ‘We Cannot Continue To Live Like This’
One year ago, nurse Sandra Lindsay sat down in a slate blue chair at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, rolled up her white sleeve and made history. Lindsay arrived at work that Monday knowing she would be among the first people in her hospital – and the United States – to get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus. But she had no idea she would be the first, outside of clinical trials. (Santhanham, 12/14)