COVID carnage spreads in U.S. with 4,180 people dead in one day

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Over 368,000 total deaths include more than 1,200 healthcare personnel

By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA

On Friday, Jan. 8, the CDC COVID Data Tracker website reported 4,180 deaths the day before. This is the first time the number of known COVID-19 deaths has exceeded 4,000 persons in 24 hours in the United States. The total number of people in the United States known to have died due to COVID-19 is more than 368,000 of the 21.8 million people confirmed with the virus officially reported across the country.

The CDC’s daily update of the total number of healthcare personnel who have been infected as of Friday was: 349,664 people, of whom at least 1,202 have died. These numbers are underestimates, however, given the CDC’s caveats: “Data were collected from 15,784,856 people, but healthcare personnel status was only available for 3,051,158 (19.33%) people” and  “For the 349,664 cases of COVID-19 among healthcare personnel, death status was only available for 268,664 (76.83%).”

The long-recommended U.S. measures to stop new infections, plus accelerating the slow rate of COVID vaccinations, must decrease the death rate far below 4000 in a day. If not, then during April the US death total will reach 675,000 i.e., the number of estimated deaths in the U.S. during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. COVID Carnage.

Dr. Daniel Lucey

Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Teaching) at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, adjunct Professor at Georgetown Medical Center, senior scholar at Georgetown Law, Anthropology Research Associate at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Global Health Committee. He served as a volunteer to outbreaks overseas including patient care in Sierra Leone and Liberia (MSF) during Ebola 2014, SARS 2003, MERS 2013, Plague 2017 as well as H5N1, Zika, and Yellow Fever. Since Jan. 6 he has contributed more than 50 posts to Science Speaks on COVID-19 and traveled to China Feb. 11. With career experiences, he proposed and helped design the 2018-2022 Smithsonian Exhibition on Epidemics.

One thought on “COVID carnage spreads in U.S. with 4,180 people dead in one day

  1. John Bruch

    With due respect, sir, you really must “include the denominator” when making statistical comparisons. Otherwise, you risk losing trust.

    As you know, the US population during the Spanish flu pandemic was less than one-third of today’s population. Comparing the COVID-19 death total to the death total from the Spanish flu without mentioning this fact is, at best, misleading.


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