Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh, northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border, in March 1965 during the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

It only took four months of the COVID-19 pandemic to kill more  Americans than in 11 years of the Vietnam War.

In a solemn milestone that highlights the historic nature of the pandemic, the death toll of the coronavirus in the United States, 61,000 has surpassed the 58,000 American soldiers killed in the Vietnam. And it’s not over yet, with around a thousand new coronavirus deaths daily.

During the decades that American troops fought in Vietnam, the US military recorded 58,220 fatal casualties. The number of Vietnamese killed was far greater; more than a million North and South Vietnamese fighters died, as did two million civilians on either side. The conflict spanned nearly 20 years and sparked anti-war protests across the United States.