The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has now claimed more American lives than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed during historic conflicts in Vietnam, Korean, Iraq, Afghanistan and World War I.
While the aforementioned conflicts killed 155,072 soldiers, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. coronavirus epidemic has claimed over 205,600 as of October 5, 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In fact, the number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpassed 155,000 in late July, according to Johns Hopkins.
Since the end of March, COVID-19 has killed an average of 7,043 Americans each week.
Though the flu kills tens of thousands of Americans each year and, the CDC states, COVID-19 has killed more Americans in 2020 than the approximately 178,000 Americans killed by flu over the last six years.
COVID-19 also has a longer incubation period than the flu, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
The guidelines all but ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine won't be publicly available until after Election Day on November 3. »