Photo by Shannan Stapleton / Reuters
Photo by Shannan Stapleton / Reuters

December is on pace to become the deadliest month of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, surpassing April, when more than 60,738 Americans lost their lives to the coronavirus.

Hospitals across the U.S. are becoming overwhelmed and people are dying in record numbers once again — even as U.S. and state officials rush to get lifesaving vaccine doses across the nation. December is already the second-deadliest month of the pandemic in the U.S., with more than 42,500 Covid-19 deaths as of Thursday and with two weeks left in the month, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

At the early height of the pandemic in April, hospitals in the New York City region were overwhelmed by Covid patients, and doctors had little knowledge of how to treat them. The country also wasn’t testing as many people for the virus in April, so the death toll for that month could be higher than original data shows, epidemiologists caution.

Read the full story at CNBC | Health and Science.

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