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The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. has officially surpassed that of WWI

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The coronavirus has infected nearly 2.1 million Americans and claimed 116,567 lives, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The 116,567 Americans killed by COVID-19 as of Tuesday is higher than the 116,516 troops killed during World War I—a war waged between 1914 to 1918 that reshaped the globe.

Deaths from COVID-19 in U.S. had already topped all U.S. troops deaths from every war since the 1950 start of the Korean War. And deaths from COVID-19 already surpassed deaths from the 1968 pandemic, which claimed 100,000 lives, however the number due to COVID-19 is still far below the 675,000 killed by the 1918 Spanish flu.

The deaths resulting from this pandemic and soldiers killed in wars are two very different types of loss. But it does help to understand the sheer magnitude of the virus and its devastating effect on U.S. lives.

The COVID-19 deaths are still well below the leading causes of death in the country. Every year, heart disease and cancer are the U.S.’s two leading causes of death. Those are likely to be the top two killers again this year. But COVID-19 deaths are still increasing at a fast clip and will probably be higher than causes like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Though many states are currently easing their stay-at-home orders, some states are seeing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise, including Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina.

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Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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