US Covid study finds the disease caused more damage in 2021 than in 2020

The research presents some unsettling facts

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Despite vigorous vaccine rollout plans, US Covid research indicates that the virus has been deadlier worldwide in 2021 than in 2020, when the pandemic began. Johns Hopkins University has uncovered unsettling statistics this week that prove our road to recovery will likely take some time.

According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University research, 2021's roughly 1,880,000 Covid deaths thus far has officially surpassed 2020's approximate 1,880,000 deaths. Although prosperous nations are seeing success with declining cases and fatalities, the struggles of Asian and Latin American nations to gain vaccine access is the reason for the increase in numbers, the publication says.

Currently, the G7 Summit in the UK is working towards the future and getting back to a sense of normalcy around the world. The US will donate 500 million Pfizer vaccines to other countries, including America's neighbors and those hardest hit by the virus, according to Forbes. These 500 million vaccines will help 250 million people get the shot. 

Vaccine distribution is certainly a large variable that has affected virus statistics, and it's something that needs to be addressed in order to move forward—which leaders worldwide have acknowledged. 

“We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world," Prince Harry said during the VaxLive concert in California in May. "The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail at."

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Always consult a doctor with health-related questions and take caution when venturing back out to your "normal" routine.  Stay safe, folks. 

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.