500,000 Americans Now Dead from COVID-19


William Schaffner, MD, professor of infectious diseases, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Leana Wen, MD, emergency medicine doctor; visiting professor of health policy and management, George Washington University School of Public Health.

Amesh Adalja, MD, emerging infectious diseases specialist, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.

Juanita Mora, MD, allergist; national spokesperson on minority health issues, American Lung Association.

Department of Veterans Affairs: “America’s Wars.”

Statistica: “Number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths worldwide as of February 19, 2021, by country,” “Share of old age population (65 years and older) in the total U.S. population from 1950 to 2050.”

CDC: “COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review,” “Heart Disease Facts,” “Prevent Getting Sick.”

CDC National Center for Health Statistics: “Weekly Summary on COVID-19 Deaths.”

COVID Tracking Project: “The COVID Racial Data Tracker.”

CDC National Center for Health Statistics: “Weekly Summary on COVID-19 Deaths.”

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Facts & Figures 2020.”

NPR: “As Pandemic Deaths Add Up, Racial Disparities Persist — And In Some Cases Worsen.”


Clinical Infectious Diseases: “Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mortality Are Driven by Unequal Infection Risks.”





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