In total, as of June 1, 2021, roughly 591,000 people have died right here in the United States as a result of the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, with more than 62% of U.S. adults currently vaccinated against the respiratory disease — or, rather, the SARS-CoV-2 viruses that cause it — it seems certain that the pandemic will slowly start fading away.

Since things are looking better now, it’s easy for many to overlook those who are responsible for the boatload of COVID-19-related deaths that have plagued the American population.

Who, Exactly, Is Responsible for These COVID-19 Deaths?

First off, it’s important to understand the possibilities of how the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated and spread across the globe.

It could’ve been a natural occurrence, in which the virus spread from one or more wild animals onto humans after someone bought an animal from a wet market in China and ate it. The other way that the novel coronavirus could’ve come to be is through a lab in Wuhan, China.

At first, this second theory was widely dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Now, U.S. public health officials have started to rescind the idea that the SARS-CoV-2 virus couldn’t have possibly come from anywhere else but an infected animal at a wet market in Wuhan, China.

On May 2, 2021, Nicholas Wade of The New York Times concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic might have originated from a rogue lab in Wuhan, China, that was attempting to create highly dangerous pathogens in unsafe conditions, causing the virus to leak out into the world inadvertently.

Wade pointed out that many people didn’t think this could be true solely because Trump endorsed the idea.