COVID-19 Has Now Killed More Americans Than The Vietnam War

(PoliticalLookout.Com)- The coronavirus has crossed a sad milestone: More American lives have been lost to COVID-19 than during the entire Vietnam War.
In only three months since the first death in the U.S. related to COVID-19, 58,365 people have perished due to the virus as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics. In almost 20 years of fighting during the Vietnam War, 58,220 Americans died.
What’s even more alarming than the total number of deaths is the astonishing death rate. In the deadliest year of the Vietnam War (1968), approximately 8.5 troops were killed for every 100,000 residents in the United States. For the coronavirus, the death rate is currently 17.6 per 100,000 residents — more than twice as much.
On 10 different days in April alone, the total daily death toll across the United States has topped 2,000. The highest number of American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War killed in one day was 246 — during the Tet Offensive on January 31, 1968.
There are a lot of other unfortunate comparisons that can be made between the Vietnam War and the coronavirus pandemic here in the United States. During the War, protesters crowded streets to rally against American involvement and to bring troops home. Today, protesters have lined the streets to argue for returning America back to “normalcy.”
The Vietnam War was potentially the first time that Americans grew upset with their presidents for giving off an air of confidence and painting a rosy picture while a grim situation was happening a world away. Today, many Americans are upset with how President Donald Trump is saying his administration is doing a great job responding to the pandemic while grim situations are occurring across the country.
This is also, in many ways, a country divided, as it was during the Vietnam War, but by issue and not by party. While the two sides then were keep fighting or get out, the two sides now are re-open the economy or keep restrictions in place. And this situation is playing out right before our eyes.
On the one side of the spectrum are the people who are pushing to re-open the economy as soon as possible. Some states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas are moving ahead with plans to re-open and get their residents back to normal life soon — if they haven’t already.
On the other side are states that have been hit hard by a coronavirus outbreak and are preaching caution and patience — states such as New York and New Jersey.
While it would at first seem like this is a red versus blue state battle, that’s not the case. Massachusetts, led by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, recently announced he would extend his state’s stay-at-home order through May 18, urging caution and safety above a return to normalcy.
When it comes to deaths, though, it’s unfortunately a fact that the coronavirus is starting to enter the territory of the 2017-2018 flu season, when 61,000 people in the U.S. perished due to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Let’s hope the U.S. doesn’t cross that “milestone” with COVID-19.