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FEMA says the COVID-19 death toll is surging ; US experienced 150,000 Covid deaths in 6 months

NRSKarenRN specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 660,000+ people worldwide.  US surpassed 150,000 deaths in just 6 months, one quarter of worldwide deaths,  Karen

ABC News  

July 29, 2020,

 

FEMA says the COVID-19 death toll is surging

New cases dropped 0.6% from last week but there was a 30.1% surge in deaths.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/coronavirus-updates-fema-covid-19-death-toll-surging/story?id=72047925&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_three_posts_card_hed

 

United States COVID-19 Statistics

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Yesterday there were 61,660 new confirmed* cases, 29,559 recoveries, 1,244 deaths. The current 7-day rolling average of 64,684 new cases/day grew 2.2% from 14 days ago, while the average of 1,038 deaths/day grew 42.2%, at that rate...

https://covidusa.net/

 

Covid Act Now:America’s COVID Warning System

We use 5 key indicators to determine risk levels for 50 states and 3,000+ counties.

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klone specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

Remember a million years ago, when Trump said that it would "go away, like magic" in the Summer because Covid can't survive well in hot temperatures? 

Jedrnurse specializes in school nurse.

8 hours ago, klone said:

Remember a million years ago, when Trump said that it would "go away, like magic" in the Summer because Covid can't survive well in hot temperatures? 

Or when he talked about it being "15 cases now, soon it'll be down to zero."

Still waiting on the new disinfectant infusion treatment protocols, by the way.

Additionally, some of Trump's apologists (including folks on AN) compared it to flu deaths, wondering why we didn't all go into panic mode over those. Well, CDC states that annual deaths due to influenza have ranged from 12,000 to 61,000 a year since 2010...

Nurse SMS specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

My hospital has been full from flu cases, sure. But never overwhelmed like it is now. We've never needed four dedicated units for the flu. 

I'm right there in red AL where today our State Doctor said the cases are increasing in record numbers and the Governor came right behind him talking about how children need to be in school as if she heard not a word that man just said. This is the problem when you have a politician who is loyal to Trump instead of their constituents.  I swear I live in Stupidstan. SMH

GSDlvrRN specializes in Telemetry.

21 hours ago, klone said:

Remember a million years ago, when Trump said that it would "go away, like magic" in the Summer because Covid can't survive well in hot temperatures? 

Someone I work with said this back in March. He was a non-believer. Now his father is my patient. 🤦🏻‍♀️

macawake has 12 years experience as a MSN.

On 7/29/2020 at 12:39 PM, NRSKarenRN said:

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 660,000+ people worldwide.  US surpassed 150,000 deaths in just 6 months, one quarter of worldwide deaths,  Karen

ABC News  

July 29, 2020,

 

FEMA says the COVID-19 death toll is surging

New cases dropped 0.6% from last week but there was a 30.1% surge in deaths.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/coronavirus-updates-fema-covid-19-death-toll-surging/story?id=72047925&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_three_posts_card_hed

 

United States COVID-19 Statistics

 

Covid Act Now:America’s COVID Warning System

We use 5 key indicators to determine risk levels for 50 states and 3,000+ counties.

image.thumb.png.df8f2ae8231f0f88e9c139930c90cdcf.pnghttps://covidactnow.org/?s=785141

 

Thank you for posting this OP. It felt strange giving your post a ”like”. There’s not much to like about an increasing death toll, but I’m sure you and others understand that it’s in acknowledgement of the sharing of important information.
 

This was of course to be expected after the surge of infections that started about a month ago. There is a time lag between diagnosis and death and we’re seeing the result now. The fact that it was expected doesn’t make it any less sad. Rather the opposite. It’s just grim to see the number of cases increase rapidly knowing what lies in wait, several weeks down the road. 
 

150,000+ deaths is a big number but the worst part is that it’s in all likelihood a significant undercount. It’s not entirely meaningful to try to look at mortality figures when the pandemic is still very much ongoing. We will likely not know for years what the true toll was. 
 

There is not really a perfect way to estimate/count mortality attributable to this novel virus. The method that’s closest to being accurate, is excess mortality. Normally you look at a period of time;  weeks, months or longer, and compare mortality numbers for that period with the corresponding number of deaths that occurred historically in that timeframe. (Historically here is usually the preceeding five years). 
 


https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768086


(For some reason I’m geting the message that the above link could not be embedded? Anyway, it’s a research letter titled ”excess deaths from COVID-19 and Other Causes, March-April 2020”). 
 


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/21/world/coronavirus-missing-deaths.html

(And the same thing happened again. In case the link won’t work, it’s a New York Times article titled ”161,000 Missing Deaths: Tracking the True Toll of the Coronavirus Outbreak”).

Many countries show quite a significant discrepancy between the number of Covid related deaths that have been reported, and the number of excess deaths that have occurred. 

 

As of today the official global death count stands at 685,281. In reality, it’s likely much higher. 

When I looked at the total number of reported cases globally a week ago, last Sunday, the number was 16,025,399. Today it’s 17,841,669. The pandemic is gaining momentum. We’re approaching, and will likely soon surpass, a rate of 2 million new cases per week. 

Sorry to be so ”gloom and doom”. I just think it’s important that we remind ourselves that we, each and every one of us, do what is in our power to decrease the rate of spread/new infections. This disease has come close to overwhelming healthcare systems (have likely been overwhelmed locally), even in first-world countries. I can only imagine the strain and human cost it’s exacting in countries less developed than ours. 

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