The United States topped 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus Tuesday – nearly a third of the world’s cases – as health authorities here and around the globe try to understand the full scope of who is at risk and who has been infected.
Reaching seven figures – 1,002,498 to be exact – is the latest milestone for the U.S., which has topped 57,000 deaths during the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. That’s a number approaching the 58,220 Americans killed in the Vietnam War from 1955 to 1975.
And despite warnings from national health leaders that the country could face a second wave of the virus in late 2020, states and cities are drafting or implementing plans to get people Out of their homes and back into mainstream.
It’s all happened in about three months. That’s when the country’s first case was confirmed, and much of what we know about the virus is still subject to study and debate.