U.S. Reports Over 250,000 Covid-19 Related Deaths Since Pandemic Began

Yesterday the U.S. reported the new grim milestone of over a quarter million Covid-19 related deaths. The coronavirus has now killed more people than the averages of strokes, suicides and car crashes in a full year combined. The total number of cases nationwide now stands at 11.5 million. That’s the highest number of both infections and deaths globally. Health experts are now begging with Americans to double down on public health measures such as wearing face coverings, physical distancing and avoiding crowds or other large gatherings. This includes Dr. Anthony Fauci who asked people to “hold out for just a little longer because help is on the way” in the form of vaccines. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has once again ordered the closure of their school system starting today. This comes as the city’s 7-day average surpassed the 3% positive testing rate threshold. Some 300,000 children will now transition to remote learning. While many more states have or are on the brink of introducing similar restrictions or lockdowns, governors in Texas, Florida and South Dakota said they would refuse to participate despite the most deadly surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths this country has ever seen.