Monday marked a grim milestone for our nation as we hit over 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The virus has now killed the same number of Americans as were killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.
The 500,000 number is the highest reported COVID death rate in the world followed by Brazil, Mexico and India.
It is a death rate coming up close to the top cause of death in our country, which is heart disease (it kills over 600,000 Americans each year).
On Feb 29, 2020, the U.S. recorded its first COVID death. No one would have imagined then that over 500,000 more deaths would occur within just 12 months. These staggering numbers are devastating and heartbreaking.
I pray for all the families who have lost a loved one – their mom, uncle, grandparent, neighbor, colleague or teacher.
Being on the front lines this past year as a physician, taking care of really sick patients – some of whom have nearly died in my arms – has been one of the greatest challenges of my life.
The long shifts, endless days, lack of supplies and meds, fear of catching the virus and bringing it home took a toll