U.S. Surpasses A Quarter-Million COVID Deaths

Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as makeshift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 9, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
November 19, 2020 7:44 a.m.
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At least 250,000 people have died after contracting coronavirus — and that number continues to climb without relenting as infections surge across the country. 

White House coronavirus task force doctors predicted earlier this week that the tally of coronavirus-related deaths could reach up to 2,000 daily or more by Christmas as fresh infections began to soar at the beginning of November — reaching 11.5 million total cases across the country to date since the pandemic began.

The quarter-million milestone of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, has now exceeded early death toll predictions by infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci who in March suggested the virus might kill up to 240,000 people in the United States. At that time the virus was limited to certain swaths of the country — but it now has strong footing and has multiplied infections in all 50 states.

As the nation continues to exceed that early grim projection, seemingly simple measure to combat the spread of the virus continue to be caught up in the political fray where a red and blue divide appears to overwhelm common sense science.

More than 172,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported across the country on Wednesday — the second-highest daily total since the pandemic began.

The potential of a COVID-19 vaccine shows promise into 2021, with several candidates popping up in recent weeks, but as the Trump administration continues to refuse cooperation with the incoming Biden presidency, some experts are wary about delays in the distribution of an eventual vaccine.

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