KEY POINTS

  • American casualties against COVID-19 continue to spike with 364,059 confirmed cases and 10,792 deaths as of Monday
  • Studies show deaths will reach 2,000 per day, perhaps as early as next week
  • A new study claims COVID-19 is spreading in 72% of all counties in the US

The United States' disjointed war against COVID-19 isn't going well, and the immense casualties suffered by Americans over the past three months painfully prove it.

President Donald Trump, who last month ascribed to himself the title of "war leader," has waged his own war against the generals -- or the state governors such as New York's Andrew Cuomo -- leading the national war against COVID-19. The results are recriminations instead of coherent action and confusion instead of national unity against a common and murderous enemy.

The U.S. is reeling from the 364,059 confirmed cases and 10,792 deaths from COVID-19 as of Monday, 22:43 GMT, according to real-time data site Worldometer. The case count is more than 27,000 larger compared to Sunday at about the same time while there were 1,176 more deaths.

The U.S. has suffered more than 1,000 deaths per day since April 1, making the coronavirus war the deadliest in daily deaths since World War 2. The U.S. never lost 1,000 men dead in a single day in the Vietnam War. New statistical models now predict more than 2,000 deaths per day from COVID-19 starting next week.

The 10,792 deaths from COVID-19 as of Monday exceed the number of battle deaths from six U.S. wars combined, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VA data reveals a total of 9,961 soldiers died during The American Revolution, the War of 1812 against the British, Mexican War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

The U.S., which remains a world leader in confirmed COVID-19 cases, now accounts for 27% of the world's total of 1.34 million. It has 14% of total world deaths, which stand at 74,554.

Among U.S. states, New York and New Jersey are taking the most casualties. New York reports 130,689 cases and 4,758 deaths while New Jersey sees 41,090 cases and 1,003 deaths. Combined, both states account for 47% of total U.S. confirmed cases and a huge 53% of all deaths.

This war will inflict more casualties on Americans and claim more lives. A dismaying new medical study from The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) just released said that given the low testing rates throughout the U.S, "we assume that one in ten cases are tested and reported. If a county has detected only one case of COVID-19, there is a 51% chance that there is already a growing outbreak underway."

Sachias said hundreds of people who believe they have recovered from Covid-19 have applied to help in New York, the US epicenter of the highly contagious virus that accounts for nearly half of related deaths stateside Sachias said hundreds of people who believe they have recovered from Covid-19 have applied to help in New York, the US epicenter of the highly contagious virus that accounts for nearly half of related deaths stateside Photo: AFP / Angela Weiss

This means "COVID-19 is likely spreading in 72% of all counties in the U.S., containing 94% of the national population. Proactive social distancing, even before two cases are confirmed, is prudent," wrote study authors Emily Javan, Dr. Spencer J. Fox and Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers.

"We calculated the risk that there already is sustained community transmission that has not yet been detected," according to the authors.

The study "Probability of current COVID-19 outbreaks in all U.S. counties" also noted the federal government has not issued guidance for aggressive preventative interventions, even before cases rise.

Without a coordinated state or federal response to COVID-19 across the United States, "counties are left to weigh the potentially large yet unseen threat of COVID-19 with the economic and societal costs of enacting strict social distancing measures."