Even in August, COVID-19 cases in the US continue to rise, as the country reached 5M cases on Sunday. Data from Johns Hopkins University show that the US has recorded 5,036,087 cases, with 162,851 deaths. With these numbers, the US now holds a quarter of the world’s total cases. The country also leads the world in COVID-19 deaths.

Only five US states account for 40% of the country’s total cases: California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Georgia. Notably, California has the highest number of cases. 

The USA’s COVID-19 Troubles: 5M Cases

CNN reports that the United States has logged more COVID-19 cases “than Ireland has people.”  Moreover, the total number of US cases is also higher than the population of Alabama. 

Also, CNN has reported on the speed at which COVID-19 raced across the US. Only 17 days passed before the US reached 5 million, from the last record of 4 million. Since the pandemic started, the virus only took 99 days to infect 1 million Americans. Ever since then, the virus has hit 2 million people in 43 days, 3 million in 28 days, and 15 days to exceed 4 million on July 23.

Another CNN report projected that COVID-19 might kill 300,000 Americans by December.

Will COVID-19 Ever Slow Down?

According to CNN, the death toll of COVID-19 in the US continues to rise. Across the last five days, the virus has killed more than 1,000 people. The country was only able to enjoy four days without 1,000 or more deaths. 

Reopening US Schools Amid COVID-19 

Amid these numbers, the United States plans to reopen schools across the country. Schools can offer a blend of in-person and remote learning.


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