COVID Death Rates Are 17 Times Higher If You Live Here, Data Shows

New data shows just how quickly the virus is tearing through this populous country.

Over the past few months of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has surged ahead of other countries in both new cases and estimated deaths. According to data collected by John's Hopkins University, the country has logged over 4.39 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 149,960 coronavirus-related deaths so far. Brazil, the country with the next largest case total, has only recorded about half that amount. Now, as reported by Newsweek, Our World in Data has determined that the COVID death rate in the U.S. far outpaces much of the rest of the world. In fact, people in the U.S. are dying of the coronavirus at a rate of over 17 times faster than people in Canada and Europe.

Patient getting care for coronavirus checking breathing

Our World in Data found that there are .18 daily deaths per million people on average in the European Union. In Canada, the rate is slightly lower, at .16 daily deaths per million. Adjusting for population, that makes the U.S.'s daily death rate of three people per million over 17 times that of Canada and the E.U.

The U.S.'s death rate is not the highest in the world, however. It's fourth, behind the United Kingdom (no longer part of the E.U.), Peru, and Chile. In the U.K., the current COVID mortality rate is 68.95 deaths per 100,000 people. (Out of every 100,000 people, the U.S. sees 45.24 deaths.)

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As case numbers and deaths continue to surge in the U.S., American travelers have been banned from coming into at least 33 countries, including all of the E.U., Canada, and Mexico. Early hotspots like Spain and Italy have managed to flatten the curve, yet health experts are warning that the U.S. has lost control of COVID—giving other parts of the world ample reason to fear cross-contamination.

For more on mistakes the country is making, This Photo Perfectly Captures How the U.S. Is Handling COVID vs. Canada.

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Allie Hogan
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