As we all shelter at home under the statewide order that took effect Friday, and time warps so that yesterday seems forever ago, numbers—hard, cold numbers—can provide some context to what we’re living through, what we can expect and help us judge what to do. On a typical day, 7,700 Americans die—from all causes, natural and violent. It was only 35 days ago that the first American coronavirus death was reported. But on Wednesday alone, more than 1,000 Americans succumbed to it. That followed Monday, the first time the coronavirus killed more than 500 Americans in one day. The virus has now killed more than 6,000 Americans, with most deaths coming in the past few days. Even with the lockdown measures in place across much of America, the Trump administration expects 100,000 to 240,000 Americans to die. The problem is that the number of coronavirus cases is increasing exponentially, so every day is a magnitude worse than the one before. The toughest days are still ahead, so brace for them and don’t let your guard down now. It’s been a tough two weeks, but stay with the program to keep us all safer.
35 days ago: First American coronavirus death reported.
6,068: Americans have died from coronavirus as of Friday.
6,897: Projected deaths in Florida by Aug. 4 from the coronavirus, based on the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model.
2,977: died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and four hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001.
2,501: Americans were killed in action on D-Day.
675,000: Americans died of the Spanish flu in 1918-19.
658,000: The total number of Americans who have died in combat in all of the wars in U.S. history.
10 million: Americans have applied for jobless benefits in the past two weeks.
163: Floridians have died from the coronavirus so far.
175: The peak deaths per day in Florida from the coronavirus — projected to occur on May 4-5.
2,217: Number of ICU beds available in Florida (of the total capacity of 6,040) as of Friday.
2,555: Number of ICU beds needed in Florida on the anticipated peak of May 4 and 5.
449: Total number of ICU beds in Hillsborough County. As of Friday, 293 were occupied and 156 were available.
100,000 to 240,000: The Trump administration’s best-case estimate of how many Americans will die from the coronavirus.
Under 100,000: Americans died in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the war in Afghanistan combined.
29,000 to 59,000: Americans have died from the flu so far this season. (It’s important to note that flu deaths, however, are not increasing exponentially as are deaths from the coronavirus.)
May 3: The projected date that will most stress Florida’s hospitals, which will hit peak capacity in terms of hospitalizations, ICU beds and ventilators, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model.
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