The COVID-19 pandemic is well into its second year. It has been 16 or so months since the virus began its wildfire spread around the world. ICUs have been overrun, PPE was nowhere to be found, entire countries shut down and locked down, conspiracy theories were spread, and yes, a vaccine, actually several, were conceived, produced, distributed and, to some measure, administered. It has indeed been a period of angst and anger. It has also been a tiring period, one that almost incites us to become numb to the numbers. We are all tired and want to move on, to get back to our normal lives. And yet, in many parts of the world, the virus rages on. In other parts, it threatens to come back mutated and ready for another round of destruction.
With this in mind, we thought it would be good, as we approach the Solar Equinox, to take a very brief looks at some of the numbers. Before you get to them, however, it would be good of you to take a pause and think of what those numbers represent. These are people whose lives should have been different. Their deaths, while not 100% preventable, were surely worth a greater effort. It is the author’s personal belief that we have failed them by not properly assessing the risk that a global pandemic poses. Our wish, and commitment, is to do all that is in our power to ensure that the world be better prepared for the next global emergency and that, if nothing else, we take it with the gravitas it will doubtless warrant.
As of today, based on multiple sources, these are some of the astounding numbers we have reached, but as you read through them, remember that in all likelihood, the numbers are actually far worse than reported.
- Global deaths to date: 3,822,869 people
- US deaths: 600.285
- Deaths in Brazil: 490,696
- Deaths in India: 379,573
- Deaths in Canada: 25,943
As for the confirmed cases, the numbers are hard to validate inasmuch as they include both repetitive testing by the same person, but also omit the untested positive cases. Regardless, the current number stands at a staggering 175,648,586. This number may seem small in a global population nearing 8 billion, but think of it another way, 16 months ago, this number was zero. In just under a year and a half, a little virus, one little virus, has managed to replicate and travel, quite literally, around the world.
Fortunately, there is one good number, the number of vaccines administered to date. That number is staggering also.
Vaccine shots administered to date worldwide: 2,406,085,642 – two and a half billion shots in arms is a figure worth celebrating.