200,000 Deaths: From Unfathomable to Inevitable

US COVID-19 deaths surpassed 200,000 yesterday—the highest anywhere.
 
Make that 250,000 if all excess deaths since mid-March are accounted for, according to a New York Times analysis.
 
Months ago, such statistics seemed an unimaginable upper limit of the pandemic’s toll on Americans, and a rallying cry to do better.
 
In April, Anthony Fauci downgraded death toll estimates when the Americans seemed to be embracing mitigation measures—but then states began relaxing those, tempering hopes that things would continue to improve.  
 
Now, there are warnings that the death toll could double by year’s end, AP reports.
 
Imagine: “By the end of the year we will likely have seen more deaths from COVID-19 than we saw from diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide combined in 2017,” said Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers.

However striking, Americans are growing numb to these numbers, and pandemic fatigue is setting in, NPR reports.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s continues to downplay and blame, falsely claiming Monday that the virus “affects virtually nobody” under age 18, The Washington Post reports.  
 
Then, addressing the UN Tuesday, he implied that Beijing had conspired with WHO to conceal the dangers of the “China virus,” NPR reports.

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