COVID-19 has become the third leading cause of death in the United States. A doctor said more people have been dying every day from the disease than Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, chronic lung disease and accidents.
The U.S. has 5,110 deaths linked to the coronavirus disease as of Thursday, April 2. Looking at the daily data from Worldometers.info, Dr. Maria Danilychev, of San Diego, estimated that COVID-19 has been killing 748 people per day in the U.S., The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.
That puts the disease behind heart disease and cancer as the top leading causes of death in the country. Heart problems cause 1,774 deaths per day, while there are 1,641 people who die each day because of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Accidents previously ranked third on CDC’s list, causing 169,000 deaths annually. The White House predicts that the COVID-19 outbreak could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 people across the U.S.
“This could be a hell of a bad two weeks,” President Donal Trump said at a recent conference. “This is going to be three weeks like we’ve never seen before.”
The ‘Ultimate Game Changer’
The novel coronavirus has been rapidly increasing in the U.S. and across the world. To many health experts, an effective vaccine for COVID-19 could be the key to ending the life-threatening pandemic.
That is why the federal government has been speeding up efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Biotech company Moderna received approval from the U.S. to begin human trials on March 16.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday the testing is now “on track” and the public may get the vaccine in the next 12 to 18 months. He added that would be the “ultimate game changer” in the fight against the coronavirus, CNBC reported.
Scientists have already tested two of the three doses of the potential COVID-19 vaccine. Work on the last dose is set to begin this week with human volunteers.
“The ultimate solution to a virus that might be coming back would be a vaccine,” Fauci said at a White House press conference. “The same way a vaccine for other diseases that were scourges in the past that now we don’t even worry about.”