Business_news The coronavirus has killed at least 1 million people worldwide

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  • At least 1 million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Of that total, about 20% of people who died from the disease are Americans, according to JHU data.
  • COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11 — merely 201 days ago.
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Reaching yet another grim milestone, the novel coronavirus has killed 1 million people worldwide, according to the latest data compiled byJohns Hopkins University.

The United States, with more than205,000 deaths, makes up the largest chunk of that figure, accounting for about one-fifth of the worldwide death toll. Brazil follows with more than 141,000 deaths, and India is next with nearly 96,000.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11 — merely 201 days ago.

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The disease has killed more Americans thanevery war US soldiers have died in since 1945combined,Business Insider’s John Haltiwanger reported. The leading cause of death for Americans, heart disease, typically kills fewer than650,000people per year.

The pandemic has created uncertainty and instability, leading to roiled marketsshuttering many small businessesnationwide, and forcing the world to adapt to a new normal.

For nearly 7 months, people have been learning to live under once-unfamiliar laws and recommendations from health officials. Quarantining, practicing physical distancing, and wearing masks have become standard in most countries. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise worldwide, health officials arepredicting that these practices will remain the new norm until deep into 2021 and possibly 2022.

Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have been racing to create avaccine to prevent COVID-19. But it will take more time to releasesafe and effective shots, and even longer to inoculate enough of the global population to achieveherd immunity.

US President Donald Trump has said a vaccine could be ready bythe 2020 presidential election. But US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said he anticipates a vaccine coming outno earlier than 2021.

Treatments for the diseasehave also improved in the last 6 months. Pharmaceutical companies are reportingpositive results from several drugsto improve the outcomes of patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Since the disease is so new, we still don’t know the long-term effects it could have. Thousands of so-calledlong haulershave reported symptoms — including fevers, brain fog, memory loss, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, and blurry vision —more than 100 dayslater.


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