The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres describes the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as a catastrophe never experienced in the past 75 years. His comments came after the White House predicted between 100,000 and 240,000 fatalities in America from COVID-19, even after taking stringent social distancing protocols in place.
Health advisors also estimate the death toll to be much higher – if such measures were not followed. In fact, it is estimated that America can see 1.5 to 2.5 million deaths as a result of coronavirus if they did not take precautionary measures.
As of this writing, the coronavirus has already taken lives of over 5,000 Americans with over 216,000 diagnoses.
The Infographic below compares the death in previous historical events with the expected death toll of COVID-19. Sadly, the forecasted U.S. death toll for COVID-19 is not far from the 291,557 fatalities in World War II and is five times higher than the American military deaths during the Vietnam War.
The White House along with the most regions of the world continue to urge their citizens to follow social distancing recommendations over the coming weeks. Italy and Spain are the hardest-hit areas of coronavirus after the USA with more than 110,000 cases each.China, the birth center of the coronavirus has finally managed to contain the pandemic with severe isolation and door-to-door checkups.