Comprehending 500,000 coronavirus deaths. The pandemic toll, in charts.

Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune
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The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. hit 500,000 Monday, an unimaginably tragic number.

Data tracked by Johns Hopkins University put the U.S. total at 500,071 Monday.

In Illinois that total represents more than the populations of Aurora, Naperville and Joliet combined, the state’s three largest cities after Chicago. If 500,000 people lined up 6 feet apart, the line would stretch from Chicago to Atlanta.

There have been more than 22,000 deaths from coronavirus in Illinois, the seventh most of any state. California, New York, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have more. Illinois has a higher per capita rate than those states with the exception of New York and New Jersey. Here is more on the impact of COVID-19 in Illinois. Here is a look at data in the U.S. and world.

Deaths from COVID-19 accelerated in the spring and fall, when the outbreak saw its largest peaks.