COVID-19 wrecks havoc in the US on Wednesday as single-day death toll hit 1000. This is a 98.4% increase from Tuesday on the high mark for a single day. The death on Tuesday in the US was 504. This is a daily death toll more than double that of two of America’s most deadly illnesses – lung cancer and the flu with 433 per day and 508 per day respectively.
Death counts were according to the John Hopkins coronavirus database. The source of the database includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European CDC and the National Health Commission of China. John Hopkins database also shows on Wednesday that since the virus’ first appearance in the U.S. in late January, 5,116 people have died and more than 215,000 have been infected.
According to the estimate released by the White House on Tuesday, as many as 240,000 Americans may die from COVID-19. This was the grim prediction that made Donald Trump extend social distancing guidelines.
The projection by some researchers had it that the daily death toll could hit 2,200 or more by mid-April, 2020. This may overtake heart disease the number one killer in the US with 1,772 deaths per day.
In a related research projection and estimate, the University of Washington model predicts a peak daily death toll of 2,214 in mid-April, and a total of 84,000 Americans dead by the end of summer.
According to US Today, while health officials say COVID-19 is considered a flash medical event in that it is unlikely to maintain its deadly hold for more than three or four months, the 1,000 threshold is a significant one because it shows just how potent an unforeseen outbreak can be on the U.S. medical system.
Health experts say the future of the coronavirus depends on such factors as whether humans develop increasing immunity to it and whether an effective vaccine is developed. If neither occurs, the virus will likely continue and will be a common and deadly respiratory virus.