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I’m dwelling on numbers as a result of this week, the US formally counted 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. Phrases like “grim milestone” simply don’t appear sufficient within the face of that toll.
Numbers are priceless. Case counts assist scientists monitor the an infection’s unfold. Demise tolls assist coverage makers work out the place issues are going proper — or horribly fallacious. They’re utilitarian.
They’ll additionally hit like a derailed practice.
Since I began this column two months in the past, greater than 345,470 individuals have died of COVID-19 world wide. 57,993 of these deaths had been within the US.
That’s 345,470 individuals, every with households and buddies and coworkers and enemies and cats and canines and individuals who simply noticed them on the road whereas strolling to the bus. They’re gone. Their…