The 10 countries with the highest numbers of total COVID-19 deaths, March 2020 to May 2021
Dear Commons Community,
A new study estimates that as many as 905,000 Americans may have died from COVID-19, which is substantially higher than the official government tally of 577,000 U.S. deaths. Worldwide the total number of COVID-19 deaths is 6.93 million, a figure that is more than two times higher than the reported number of deaths of 3.24 million.
The new estimates come from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where researchers looked at a variety of existing data sets and studies and used statistical modeling to arrive at their results ― which are being updated daily.
IHME Director Dr. Chris Murray said that it marks “a major change” in how his institution is thinking about the pandemic’s impact.
“As terrible as the COVID-19 pandemic appears, this analysis shows that the actual toll is significantly worse,” Murray added in a statement. “Understanding the true number of COVID-19 deaths not only helps us appreciate the magnitude of this global crisis, but also provides valuable information to policymakers developing response and recovery plans.”
Frightening to say the least!