23 Feb, 2021 09:00 am

'We've done worse than most any other country,' Fauci says as US marks grim Covid-19 death toll

The US has now surpassed the devastating milestone of half a million Covid-19 deaths. It's a staggering figure that experts say did not have to be this high.

In fact, Canadian researchers reported Monday that people's sense of smell and taste may not return for up to five months after becoming infected with coronavirus.They ranked their sense of smell and taste on a scale from zero to 10 and some were asked to perform an at-home test to further evaluate these senses.During initial infection, more than 70% of those taking part in the survey reported losing their sense of smell and 65% reported losing their sense of taste, researchers said in preliminary results."Our results show that an impaired sense of smell and taste may persist in a number of people with Covid-19," Dr.

The US Covid-19 death toll is by far the highest of any country -- and more than double that of Brazil's, which according to Johns Hopkins University data has the next highest number of virus-related fatalities.That number is more than double India's case count -- second in line, according to Johns Hopkins data -- and nearly triple that of Brazil.

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