U.S. tops 200K coronavirus deaths, more than 20% of global total

ORLANDO, Fla. — The coronavirus pandemic has now taken the lives of 200,000 Americans. Sadly, some experts are saying 200,000 isn’t even close to the end.

Early projections that the virus would claim 150,000 lives are now a thing of the past, as the deaths keep climbing across the world.

The 200,000 deaths in the U.S. represents more than 20% of the global total.

Coronavirus: US death toll tops 200,000

To put this into perspective, Channel 9 went through the number of lives lost in some of the nation’s deadliest disasters.

More Americans have died from COVID-19 than Americans killed in battle in the five most recent wars combined.

The 200,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths are like suffering Hurricane Katrina 109 times.

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And to put it in a population perspective, 200,000 is roughly equal to the population of Salt Lake City, Utah, or Huntsville, Alabama.

“There’s been deaths in my own family,” said Dr. Nicole Iovine, an infectious disease epidemiologist at UF Health. “It’s, it’s incredible hardship, personally, and for the nation and the world.”

Of the deaths, more than 13,000 have been in Florida, putting the state at No. 5 on the list of states with the most coronavirus deaths.

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“It’s easy to get lost, lost in the numbers,” Iovine said. “But, it’s not easy when you’re seeing patients in the hospital who are suffering from this.”

Some projections show deaths would skyrocket without taking precautions, but on the flip side, if 95% of the population wears a mask, thousands of lives could be saved.

See the full report in the video above.