By Kevin Deutsch
The official death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 500,000 in the U.S. Sunday, data show, with the actual death toll likely far higher.
Globally, the coronavirus has officially killed more than 2,462,000 people, with more than 20 percent of all documented deaths occurring in the U.S. This, despite the country accounting for just 5 percent of the world’s population.
Because many recently deceased Americans were not tested for the virus, the official number of coronavirus deaths is likely a substantial undercount, experts believe.
The pace of new coronavirus infections and deaths has slowed this month as more Americans are vaccinated.