But this holiday season has been especially brutal, with more than 50,000 deaths in just the past month, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In the past week, an average of 2,403 people in the US have died from Covid-19 every day.
That’s an average of one Covid-19 death every 40 seconds.
On Sunday, a record-high 109,331 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
In the meantime, Americans are largely in control of how many more families will lose loved ones during the holidays.
That hinges on personal responsibility:
If 95% of Americans consistently wore masks, it could save an estimated 56,000 lives by April 1, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Small sacrifices made now could prevent your family from being the next to lose a loved one.