The United States has long prided itself as the world's shining beacon. But its current status is a much darker one: the globe's leader in coronavirus cases.
More than 125,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, and more than 2.5 million Americans have been infected.
American life has been irrevocably altered by the worst pandemic in a century. And as the country struggles to reopen, cases of Covid-19 have surged again -- this time in young people and in states that had previously avoided the brunt of the virus.
Here, in dollars, percentages and — most tragically — lives, is the pandemic's devastating toll on the US.
The US death toll is more than twice as high as that of the country with the second-highest death rate, Brazil. That South American country has reported more than 57,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's global case count, reports CNN.
Leaders in both countries have continued to downplay the severity of coronavirus. President Donald Trump has refused to wear masks in public, which research has proven can control the spread of the virus, and has encouraged businesses to resume operations against the guidance of health officials who believe premature reopenings could lead to surges in cases like the US is seeing now.
More Americans have died from coronavirus than in wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan
More than 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam. The US coronavirus death rate is 2.2 times higher.
Almost 37,000 Americans died in Korea. The US coronavirus death rate is more than 3.4 times higher.
4,431 Americans died in Iraq. The US coronavirus death rate is more than 28 times higher.
2,445 Americans died in Afghanistan. The US coronavirus death rate is more than 51 times higher.
More Americans also have died of coronavirus in less than five months than in all of World War I. That conflict took the lives of 116,516 American soldiers.