Americans Make Up 4% Of The World’s Population But 20% Of All COVID-19 Deaths
As the United States surpassed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths and the global death toll reached 1 million, The Washington Post’s Philip Bump noted in an analysis that Americans comprise just four percent of the world’s population but 20 percent of the world’s coronavirus deaths.
Out of every 1,600 Americans who was alive at the beginning of 2020, one has since died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that’s still spreading around the world. That’s almost certainly a low number; in fact, it’s likely that the death toll from the virus in the United States is closer to 263,000, compared to the 204,000 that The Washington Post has confirmed. That would mean that one out of every 1,250 Americans has now died from the virus.
Globally, the confirmed death toll from the virus has passed 1 million. That, too, is low. It’s low because some cases haven’t been confirmed to have been caused by the virus (though can be inferred, as above, from elevated death tolls). It’s also low because some countries (probably including Iran and China) have underreported even deaths that they’ve confirmed. But it is nonetheless a milestone and a tragic one.
Bump wrote that these numbers “should serve as a reminder of how badly the United States has fared during the pandemic.”
He also noted that “Over the past seven days, an American has died of the coronavirus just under two minutes, on average.”
The toll in the United States has been uniquely bad. Two out of every 50 people on the planet are American, but 10 out of every 50 deaths have occurred here. What’s more, two-thirds of states have made up a higher percentage of the global death toll than they do the global population.