On Wednesday, the U.S. experienced 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, double the worst daily death toll of the flu.

Before the pandemic, two of America's most deadly illnesses were the flu and lung cancer, according to the Coloradoan.

But on Wednesday, COVID-19 had more U.S. deaths in a single day than the flu and lung cancer's record daily tolls combined.

To gain some perspective, the previous COVID-19 record for a single day in the U.S. was reached on Tuesday with 504 deaths.

Since the coronavirus came to the U.S. in late January, 5,148 people have died while over 226,000 have been infected, according to the Johns Hopkins University virus tracker.

In the next two weeks, the daily death toll could more than double, according to some researchers, surpassing America's number one killer, heart disease, which sees about 1,772 deaths per day, according to the CDC.

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautions that the virus could become a recurring event and said the U.S. should prepare for a second possible cycle in the fall of 2020.

Colorado COVID-19 death toll as of Wednesday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m.:

  • Weld: 13
  • Larimer: 7
  • Broomfield: 2
  • Denver: 8
  • Boulder: 2
  • El Paso: 14
  • Arapahoe: 7
  • Eagle: 4
  • Unassigned: 4
  • Adams: 2
  • Pitkin: 2

 

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