The COVID-19 pandemic, which began on March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization proclaimed the viral epidemic a worldwide occurrence, is now in its second year.
It’s also been more than a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on January 5, 2020, that a strange virus had emerged in Wuhan, China.
More than 600,000 Americans have died as a result of the virus since then.
The pandemic’s current state is vastly different from what it was simply a few months ago.
We now have a few vaccines to help prevent illness, and about 60% of adults in the United States have finished their vaccination schedules.
However, we must keep our awareness of the gravity of the situation.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most important numbers and figures from the last several months.
Vaccination rates in the United States today
The daily average number of vaccination doses delivered fell sharply from mid-April to early June and has been fluctuating at lower levels since then.
The US is now giving roughly 521,000 doses per day across the country, down 85 percent from the record of 3.38 million doses per day on April 13.
Over 59 percent of adults in the United States are currently completely immunized.
More than half of the US population (56.1%) has already received at least one dose, with 68 percent of those aged 18 and up receiving at least one shot.
President Biden set a goal for 70 percent of American people to have received at least one immunization shot by July 4th.
According to NBC News, the US has reached at least 70% partial immunization among those 30 and older, despite missing that objective by a hair.
The leader of the White House COVID-19 response team estimated that getting everyone 18 and older to the same vaccination rate would take “a few extra weeks.”
The following are the top five states in terms of the proportion of the entire population that have received at least one dose:
- Vermont has a 75% approval rating.
- Massachusetts has a 72 percent approval rating.
- Hawaii has a 71 percent approval rating.
- Connecticut has a 69 percent approval rating.
- Maine has a 68 percent approval rating.
Every state has achieved a complete immunization rate of at least 30%, with Vermont leading the way with 67 percent and Alabama and Mississippi vying for the bottom with around 34%.
COVID-19 case counts in the United States
As of July 19, the United States has recorded about 34 million cases in total, with an average of 35,035 new cases each day—roughly treble the average amount from the previous two weeks.
Case counts had plummeted from our third—and by far the largest—peak thus far and remained quite low, but have just begun to rise from June’s absolute lows.
COVID-19 testing rates are still substantially lower than they were in January, so case counts aren’t directly comparable to those from the winter.
However, positivity rates have dropped as well, providing some reassurance that the virus has genuinely declined in prevalence.
However, as the Delta variety becomes more prevalent, national positive rates have begun to rise again, and tests have dropped 13% in the last two weeks.
To avoid another surge of the magnitude of January’s, we must maintain the precautions that led to the first fall, and that you get tested if you have symptoms or known exposure, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
The most essential thing is that everyone gets immunized as soon as possible. Everyone in the United States aged 12 and up is currently eligible; this is how we can all help to end the pandemic.
Coronavirus statistics from all across the world
The following are the top ten countries for COVID-19 based on overall case counts:
- United Kingdom
However, these countries all have significant populations in common. The list of total cases per 100,000 individuals (excluding nations with populations of less than 100,000 people) presents a different story:
- Czech Republic
Argentina has narrowly eclipsed the United States’ per capita case rate, making it the only country on both lists at the moment.
The United States has been absent from both ‘top 10′ lists for the third week in a row. Though vaccine distribution has gone well in the United States, there is still a long way to go.
Many countries of the world are seeing an increase in COVID cases, owing in part to the particularly infectious Delta form.
Many countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America are experiencing the highest COVID case surges of the pandemic thus far.
Over the last two weeks, Fiji, Cyprus, Botswana, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Tunisia, and Cuba have all had more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people.
In recent weeks, South America has been particularly heavily impacted.
In June, more than half of all South American countries saw an increase in cases, with some of the highest rates of new infections and deaths in the globe.
Peru has reported about 195,000 COVID-19 deaths, giving it the country with the world’s largest death toll per capita by over double.
More than 542,000 people have died in Brazil, second only to the United States.
Brazil has surpassed India as the largest single contributor to the worldwide case count.
From the peak on May 8, the number of new cases per day in India has gradually decreased. In terms of total case numbers, the country continues to be behind the United States by less than 3 million.
According to a new analysis, India’s actual death toll is well over 3 million, about ten times the official figure of 307,321 dead.
The Center for Global Development, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization, looked at statistics from the state, worldwide estimations, testing samples, and surveys of Indian citizens.
“True deaths are likely to be in the millions, not hundreds of thousands,” the authors write, “making this possibly India’s worst human tragedy.”
Every day, about 40,000 new cases and over 500 deaths are reported in the country, while only around 7% of the population is fully vaccinated.
The latest COVID-19 hotspots in the United States
Every state in the United States is seeing an increase in the number of cases. Over the last two weeks, daily average case numbers have more than tripled in 20 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.
The states with the steepest 14-day average increases include Tennessee, Alabama, Massachusetts, Vermont, North Carolina, and Alaska, with rises exceeding 400 percent. Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Utah, and Mississippi have the greatest current infection rate relative to their populations.
The number of people who have died as a result of the coronavirus and the number of people who have been hospitalized as a result
COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of at least 608,811 Americans.
During the week ending July 19, an average of 324 persons died per day, with nearly all of those who died being unvaccinated.
Even though the number of deaths and hospitalizations is still near pandemic lows, the average number of persons hospitalized with COVID has begun to rise in tandem with case counts, and the same is true of daily mortality.
With the Delta variety fast-spreading and more potentially deadly varieties on the horizon, regaining the advantages won earlier in the summer will be even more difficult.
It is, however, conceivable to achieve lowering infection rates once more.
All of the vaccines available in the United States have shown some level of protection against the Delta variation, which is currently the most common strain of new infections.
Vaccination is important, but so is testing and adhering to proper masking and distancing protocols.