Though obviously better than it has been. Looking at various trackers, it seems that the U.S. is at around 500 COVID-19 deaths per day. Even if that drops by forty percent (I hope it will, but vaccination seems to be stalling out most places) to 300 deaths per day, that’s still 100,000 deaths per year. Were that to continue for a year, that would be over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. For context, breast cancer deaths are estimated to be around 45,000 deaths annually.
Meanwhile in D.C., we’re at four deaths per week. This does represent a decline. I really hoped we would have been down to one to two deaths per week. These deaths are almost exclusively Black people (starting May 1, 26 of 30 of the dead have been Black), and if we don’t vaccinate further, especially in Wards 7 and 8, I don’t see what will cause the death toll to drop below that (obviously, I hope I’m wrong). 150-200 COVID-19 deaths would be comparable to the number of homicide deaths in (recent) bad years. Though I suppose ‘natural’ herd immunity would kick in at some point eventually.
We really need to push harder on vaccination everywhere.