Global Pandemic

November 1, 2021
Global Pandemic

What’s uniquely different about this pandemic is it hit hardest the high-resource countries. That’s the irony of COVID-19.

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, Columbia University, as the death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic tops 5 million worldwide.
  • Johns Hopkins University has tallied the death toll roughly 2 years into the pandemic.
  • Wealthier nations have felt the impact of the pandemic more, despite having more healthcare resources.
  • Doctors say one reason for this is longer life expectancy; older people and those with illnesses live longer in wealthier nations, but are more vulnerable to severe outcomes due to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Interesting Context: "Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil — all upper-middle- or high-income countries — account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 745,000 lives lost, more than any other nation." (Associated Press)
  • Why It Matters: Many of these wealthy nations have access to vaccines and other resources. The question remains whether the pace of deaths will slow down over time. We've seen periods where it appears that way, but then the virus "picks up" due to another variant or in another part of the world.

COVID-19′s global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years

by Jenna Lee,