THE United States has reached another somber milestone as the number of Covid deaths hit one million two years after the virus reached America.
The staggering number of deaths comes as Covid cases have plummeted across the country as several states have started lifting mask and vaccine mandates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first Covid-positive case in the United States on January 20, 2020.
Two months later, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic.
More than a third of all reported deaths in the US occurred this past winter, between November 2020 and February 2021.
Since Dec. 1, when health officials announced the first Omicron case in the United States, the proportion of Americans killed by the virus is at least 63 percent higher than any other large, wealthy nation, the New York Times reported .
In recent months, the US has overtaken Britain and Belgium to have the largest proportion of its population to have died from Covid throughout the pandemic among wealthy nations.
Since the introduction of the Covid vaccines in the US in December 2020, about 81 percent of the population have received at least one vaccination.
However, fewer than 65 percent of all Americans are fully vaccinated.
As deadly as the Omicron wave was, the situation in the US is far better than it would have been without vaccines.
The Omicron variant causes less severe disease than Delta, although it has resulted in astounding case numbers.
Together, vaccines and the less deadly nature of omicron infections have significantly reduced the proportion of people with Covid who are hospitalized and die during this wave.
Yet unvaccinated people continue to make up the majority of hospitalized patients across the country.
While health officials continue to encourage the American public to get stabbed against the virus, 12 percent of Americans age 65 and older have not received two shots of a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, nor a Johnson & Johnson shot, according to statistics from the CDC .
And 43 percent of people aged 65 and over have not received a booster shot.
Even among the fully vaccinated, the lack of a booster shot leaves millions with dwindling protection months after the peak immunity levels achieved by the second shots.
Vaccine Efficacy & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of serious illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more in fully vaccinated people.
While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among vaccinated people, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough, it is highly unlikely that victims would be hospitalized with severe or fatal symptoms of the virus.
Health officials have warned that the Omicron variant is more contagious and could lead to more breakthrough cases.
However, the spread can be offset by giving all vaccinated Americans a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against serious illness, hospitalizations and death from infection with the Omicron variant.
For other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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