US COVID-19 daily death toll crosses 2000: What lessons should Australia learn?

Highlights

  • The earlier we accept the gravity of the COVID-19 infection, the better it would be for developing a reformed system that can fight against it.
  • A failure in understanding the outbreak or overlooking the looming number of deaths in some countries, can lead to devastating results.
  • Average daily COVID-19-associated deaths crossing 2,000 indicate a grim situation in the United States.
  • The current pandemic state in the United States is an instance for Australia to learn from and strengthen its battle against the virus.

COVID-19 is here to stay! The earlier we come to terms with the real state of affairs, the better it would be for the authorities and people across the globe to develop a reformed system that can fight against the deadly virus.

However, a failure in understanding the outbreak or overlooking the looming number of deaths in some countries, can lead to devastating results. The current pandemic state in the United States is an instance for Australia to learn from and strengthen its battle against the virus with no means of avoidance.

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Is COVID-19 becoming the deadliest pandemic for the US?

The daily fatality rate in the United States is creeping higher again. On an average, more than 2,000 COVID-19-associated deaths are taking place every day in the United States.

It is for the first time since March 2021 that the nationwide average single-day fatalities have climbed above 2,000 in the US.

According to official data dated 20 September 2021, COVID-19 has emerged as the deadliest outbreak in recent American history, exceeding the estimated death toll recorded during 1918 influenza pandemic.

Single-day deaths increasing in the United States 

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Some large US states are reporting the highest number of COVID-19 deaths. In Florida, 376 lives are being lost every day on an average, while in Texas, an average of 283 deaths are taking place daily. Surprisingly, COVID-19 fatalities in these two states are equivalent to nearly one-third of the nationwide daily average.

There has been elevation in the death toll due to the spiral effect of the infection in the country. The trends developed in the past week show around 1,35,000 cases being reported in a single day. 

However, the scenario would have been worse if vaccination drive had faced any delays. Around 55% of the population in the United States has been fully vaccinated, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What’s the current COVID-19 situation in Australia?

Australia stands stronger against the pandemic in the present day, compared to the United States. In Australia, there have been 1,178 deaths due to COVID-19, as at 22 September 2021. The country has registered 88,710 positive cases, of which 68,054 people have recovered.

With the ongoing vaccination campaign, a total of 22,669,372 vaccine doses have been administered till date.

Also, Australia has registered 0.75 cumulative deaths per 100,000 population as per data for the period from 1 January 2021 to 15 September 2021.

COVID-19 death rate Image Source: © Joelbravojuan|Megapixl.com

As far as number of daily deaths are concerned, around 10 lives are being lost every day on an average in Australia. On September 21, there were 11 COVID-19 fatalities in the country.

However, to avoid being in the situation similar to that of the United States, Australia must stay cautious of the surge in cases due to new variants. There is also an urgent need to speed up the vaccination effort across the country.

Also, with fatalities surpassing a total of 1,000, Australia must zero in on its focus on preventing highly infectious variants, such as Delta, from breaching its fortress-style shield erected by authorities.

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