US COVID deaths equivalent to 9/11 attack every day for 336 days: report

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Flags at the base of the Washington Monument fly at half staff as the United States nears the 1 millionth death attributed to COVID May 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. [Photo/Agencies] LOS ANGELES – The US death toll from COVID-19 has hit 1 million less than 3 years into the pandemic, and the number is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days, said a report of PBS on Monday.

The confirmed number of dead is roughly equal to how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It is as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out, said the report.

Three out of every four deaths were people 65 and older, according to the report. More men died than women. Black, Hispanic and Native American people have been roughly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as their white counterparts, said the report.

Most deaths happened in urban areas, but rural places – where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high – paid a heavy price at times, according to the report.