This increasingly deadly turn has flooded hospitals, delayed the start of school year, demoralized health care workers, and delayed the return to work.
Dr. Dena Hubbard of Kansas City, Missouri said, "It's devastating." She is a pediatrician who treated premature babies by Cesarean Section in an effort to save their mothers. Some of these babies died. Health workers say the deaths combined with misinformation about the virus and disbelief have been heart-wrenching and soul-crushing.
Twenty-two people were killed in Springfield-Branson alone in the last week at CoxHealth hospitals. This is almost as many as all of Chicago. In the first three weeks September, West Virginia had 340 more deaths than the previous three months. Georgia has an average of 125 deaths per day, which is more than California and other states with more people.
Collin Follis is the Missouri's Madison County coroner and works in a funeral home.
In December, the nation was shocked to see 3,000 deaths per day. That was back when nearly no one was vaccinated.
Nearly 64% of Americans have received at least one doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. According to Johns Hopkins University data, the average death per day has increased by 40% in the past week, going from 1,387 to 1,947.
According to health experts, the majority of those who have died or are hospitalized were not vaccinated. Some people who have been vaccinated have developed breakthrough infections. However, these are usually mild.
More than 70 million Americans are vaccine-eligible and have not yet received a shot.
"There's a real risk that you'll end-up in the hospital, or in the obituary page," Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said to those who are not vaccinated. Don't be a statistic. There is an easy, safe, and effective way to get vaccinated today.
Dr. William Moss from Johns Hopkins said that many low-vaccination areas also have high rates for conditions such as obesity and diabetes. This combination, along with the more contagious variant of delta, has proven fatal.
Moss lamented, "I believe this is a failure of society. Our most egregious sin to reach this stage where hospitals are overwhelmed, ICUs overwhelmed, and hitting this mark for deaths per day."
Since September, the number of coronavirus cases per day has dropped to about 139,000 in the U.S. Deaths are often more difficult to avoid because victims can linger for several weeks before succumbing.
Mike Limon, a 65-year-old Kansas cattleman, thought he had beat COVID-19. He returned to work for a few more days. Cadin Limon (22 years old), of Wichita, stated that the virus had "fried his lungs" and he passed away last week.
He claimed that his grandfather was not vaccinated because he was afraid of adverse reactions. However, serious side effects have been extremely rare.