Today, the number of U.S. deaths from CoVid-19 reached 100,000.
On Sunday, The New York Times headline read “U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss.” The subline read “They Were Not Simply Names on a List. They Were Us.”. It’s hard to fathom that many deaths. There was even hope that the number wouldn’t be reached quickly, but it only took 3 days.
It’s a sobering number that accounts for one third of the lives that have been lost to the disease. It is vital that we remember these numbers and give value to each person’s lost life, but unfortunately, this hasn’t been easy of late. In the past few weeks, the disease has not been the focus of CoVid conversation.
Instead, politics has taken over. If you don’t wear a mask, you must be a supporter of Trump. Anti-mask wearers protest at capital buildings and want their rights and freedom back. People who do wear masks support mail-in voting and ‘don’t care’ about the economy. It has become a political rivalry that follows the similar tension that resulted in the civil war 160 years ago.
At this point, I have been on a stay-at-home order for 72 days. I’ve had Uni to keep me busy and I’m thankful for that – many other people are going stir crazy. With an increase in good weather, it’s easier for people to forget restrictions, head outside and hug friends and neighbors. In my county, as lighter Phase 2 restrictions became an option, an outbreak hit at a frozen fruit factory, and any chance of more freedom was squashed. Other counties and states have been having similar issues, and there’s a real possibility that this back-and-forth will continue for months.
There are new updates every day, but this one has been a milestone.