COVID-19 by the Numbers: What You Need to Know About The Coronavirus in the U.S.
When the coronavirus first broke out, little was known about it, thus leaving countries struggling to respond to the health and economic crisis that it caused. A year in and after much effort from the scientific community to understand the virus, we’re well on our way to recovery after the initial outbreak. How exactly did COVID-19 impact the United States?
Take a look at these statistics to see what effects it has had on the country so far:
Hospitalizations, number affected
- There have been a total of 43.8 million reported cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with over 703,000 resulting in death.
- In the past year, 878,613 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19.
- September 2021 showed the highest number of children aged 4 years and below hospitalized for COVID-19.
The developing variants
- Of the variants that have developed across the world, the one that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have deemed of particular concern to the U.S. is the Delta variant.
- There are currently 10 other variants being monitored by the CDC as potentially threatening.
- The CDC also estimates that 99% of current cases can be attributed to the Delta variant.
Mass testing, vaccinations
- 575,728,015 COVID-19 tests had been conducted in the U.S. at the time of writing, while as of September, 6.6% of the tests had returned a positive result.
- There have been 329 million vaccine doses distributed, meaning that 64.6% of the total population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- There are 184.6 million people who have been fully vaccinated and are eligible to receive booster shots.
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