Remember when they predicted we would reach 60,000 by August?
Courtesy of NBC News:
As the U.S. reached the painful milestone of 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday, that figure represents, approximately, the death toll from the 9/11 terror attacks multiplied by 33.
Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, colleagues, strangers in our own towns and cities and states — 100,000 people gone, leaving unfathomable grief and confusion and anger in their wake.
In states like Michigan and Wisconsin, small but vocal bands of demonstrators have railed against the health and safety practices ordered by their governors. You could argue that the news media may have been unwise to magnify these protests at their peak, but the mere existence of these heated gatherings suggests something troubling about the country’s already frayed social fabric and the disinformation accelerating its disintegration.
Americans are also subjecting their federal government to rightful scrutiny. In suburban homes and urban apartments across the country, fury has mounted at President Donald Trump’s administration over news reports that it failed to act quickly and decisively enough to contain the early spread of the coronavirus and outfit states with desperately needed resources.
It seems clear, by now, that the nation’s supply of masks, ventilators, hospital beds and other key tools was initially woefully inadequate. (NBC News has reported extensively on problems in the federal supply chain.) It is distressing but perhaps not altogether surprising that the ostensibly richest, most technologically advanced country on earth was caught flat-footed.
I have been watching the numbers for days now waiting for it to reach 100,000, which by the way is not a very healthy way to spend your time.
However, I did not want this particular milestone to pass without adequate attention.
According to the Worldometer (Link) we passed this marker early yesterday and have now added more than a thousand more to that number.
Other sources were a little further behind, but now there seems to be some consensus that we have indeed reached this devastating toll.
To put it in perspective we have suffered easily three times the number of deaths than the country that comes in a distant second.
I am not sure how we are supposed to mark this terrible occasion.
In Spain, they mourned for ten days when they reached 27,000 lives lost to the Coronavirus.
So what does one do when that number is 100,000 dead?
And how do we prevent the next 100,000 deaths?
What I would like for us to do is to do better,
To do better at testing people who may be infected.
To do better at protecting people from becoming infected.
To do better to protect the people who treat the infected.
To just fucking do better all across the board.
Is that too much to ask?
Sadly it apparently is too much to ask.