Major media has announced that the number of US deaths due to COVID-19 has now exceeded the number of US lives lost during the Vietnam War. This has been a shocking reality to many Americans.
“In not even three months since the first known U.S. deaths from COVID-19, more lives have now been lost to the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. soil than the 58,220 Americans who died over nearly two decades in Vietnam.
“Early Tuesday evening ET, the U.S. death toll reached 58,365, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“While the number of lives lost in the U.S. during the pandemic and the U.S. death toll in that war are roughly the same now, the death rate from the coronavirus in America is considerably higher. It now stands at about 17.6 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
“During 1968, the deadliest year for the U.S. in Vietnam, the death toll of 16,899 occurred at about half the pandemic’s rate — 8.5 troops were killed for every 100,000 U.S. residents.”
“During the Vietnam War, which ran from 1954 to 1975, 58,200 American lives were lost.
“The conflict’s costly human price sparked massive protests across the US in the 1960s calling for troops to be pulled out. In recent weeks, hundreds of protests have also been held, urging state representatives to lift confinement measures imposed to slow the spread of the virus.
“The University of Washington, whose predictive model is cited by the White House, forecasts that the US could record 74,000 deaths by August 4.”
“It was exactly two months ago, on Feb. 29, when the United States announced its first fatality from the coronavirus (though we’d later find out there were deaths even earlier than that).
“All in the span of two months.
“Here is how the death toll has grown, per the tally we release each morning in First Read:
- Monday, March — 23: 446
- Monday, March — 30: 2,472
- Monday, April 6 — 9,626
- Monday, April 13 — 21,994
- Monday, April 20 — 40,643
- Monday, April 27 — 54,944
- Wednesday, April 29: — 58,671″