As if the entire population of Delaware, Montana or Rhode Island, or all of Austin, had disappeared in just two years.

The number is based on death certificates, but most experts believe it is an understatement, given how many diagnoses were probably missed in the spring of 2020, when the virus was poorly studied and testing was scarce.

At the time, 1 million deaths seemed like a doomsday prediction, a catastrophic forecast created by statistical models that assumed things would go wrong.

“I’ve never seen models of the diseases I’ve dealt with, and when the worst-case scenario actually came out,” Anthony Foci said in March 2020. “So if you use numbers like 1 million, 1.5 million, 2 million, it’s almost certainly not in the chart. Now it is not impossible, but very, very unlikely. “

At the time, Foci predicted 100,000 to 200,000 deaths, and that figure sparked ridicule in the Trump administration for being overly pessimistic.

“It’s tragic. As a doctor, scientist and health official, it hurts me to see that this country, with all our resources, is ending in more than a million deaths from this outbreak, “Foci told POLITICO on Tuesday.” And many of those deaths could have been avoided. there is no doubt about that. “

Foci added that he hopes that this sober stage will “draw attention” to the risk for unvaccinated people and encourage them to reconsider.

“If you look at the difference between hospitalization and death, between vaccinated and unvaccinated, you know that figure screams at us why we need to vaccinate more people,” he said.

As Covid-19 returned

Daily death, an average of seven days

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