As America’s COVID-19 death toll crossed the 100,000 mark yesterday, another 2 million Americans filed for unemployment in the 10th week since the novel coronavirus has upended life across the country. According to Reuters, a record 40.767 million people filed joblessness claims since Mar 21, when most states enacted stay-at-home mandates that shuttered non-essential businesses. But despite the partial reopening of all 50 states, the economy is slow to recover from the dramatic losses. Unemployment claims have dropped the last 8 weeks—from hitting a record 6.867 million in late March—but have not fallen below 2 million since Mar 21. Today the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker noted 1,711,313 US cases and 101,129 fatalities, a total reached in just under 4 months. The Washington Post said the death toll represents half the population of Salt Lake City, or the total population of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and said COVID-19 deaths are now double the number of deaths caused by strokes in a 4 month period, or 20 times the number of Americans killed by homicide. According to the Post, 14% of Americans say they know someone who has died from the virus. The majority of the dead have been over the age of 50, and in some states, 80. Among the fatalities are 299 US health care workers, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said 63,136 healthcare professionals have contracted the virus in the last 4 months. Six weeks ago, the CDC had only recorded 27 fatalities, among 9,000 infections.

 

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