The world just received a sobering of the pandemic’s impact last Monday. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, over a million people have already died of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Worldwide Death Toll
CNN reports that the first person who died of COVID-19 came from Wuhan city in China. The person died on January 9. Over 24 weeks later, on June 28, over 500,000 people died. Only 13 weeks passed before this number doubled.
According to Johns Hopkins University, over 50% of the global deaths came from the United States, Brazil, India, and Mexico.
COVID-19 in the US
In the US, COVID-19 cases continue to soar. This past week, 21 states have reported more new cases compared to the other week. Of all states in the US, only ten have shown a downward trend in case numbers, while 19 show steady numbers. The ten states slowing the virus are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Maryland.
More COVID-19 Worries
All other states also have to worry about the rising positivity rate or the percent of test results that end up positive. The WHO says that places should get these rates at 5% or below for 14 days before easing restrictions.
According to Dr. Leana Wen, over a dozen states have shown more than 10% test positivity. In Idaho and South Dakota, these numbers climb to 20%. Dr. Wen is an emergency physician.
Dr. Wen adds that the US needs to do more testing to solve the problem.