U.S. surpasses 800,000 COVID deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) – An NBC News tally has confirmed more than 800,000 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

The grim milestone comes as more cases of the Omicron variant are reported across the country. However, experts believe it’s still the Delta variant that is leading to more severe cases and deaths.

The most reliable way to stop the spread of the virus continues to be vaccination with the CDC and FDA recently signing off on booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for older teens.

In addition to vaccination, the CDC still recommends distancing and masks to help keep the virus from spreading.

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