U.S. Officially Surpasses 500,000 Covid-19 Deaths

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CNBC: U.S. surpasses 500,000 Covid deaths after yearlong battle with pandemic 

 * The Covid-19 death toll puts the disease firmly among the leading causes of death in the U.S. 
 * The U.S. has reported more Covid-19 deaths than anywhere else in the world. 
 * When adjusting for population, the U.S. trails only the U.K., the Czech Republic, Italy and Portugal in deaths per capita, according to a Johns Hopkins University analysis. 
At 5 a.m. on July 11, Tara Krebbs received a call at her Phoenix home. Her mother was on the other end, hysterically crying. Tara’s dad had woken up unable to breathe, and he was on his way to the hospital. 
Charles Krebbs, 75, started showing symptoms of Covid-19 shortly after Father’s Day in June, first running a fever and then losing his sense of taste and smell. With local hospitals overwhelmed, he had been trying to recover at home, still awaiting results of a Covid-19 test that had taken weeks to schedule. His results still weren’t back — even as EMTs rushed him to the emergency room. 
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