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1,000,000 Dead of COVID-19 in the U.S.

I wish I could say this makes me sad, but mostly I’m just exhausted. Tired, angry, and grossly disappointed with our elected officials. It didn’t have to be like this. We had the tools to do better, to keep people safer.

We still do. It’s not even that hard. Expensive, maybe. Probably not super fast. But we could be doing better. Better ventilation and air filtration. Public masking. Vaccinations. Funding for all that, plus paid medical leave. If we had done all that, we could have saved a lot of lives.

I didn’t expect any better than we got from Trump. I knew he was going to manage a shitshow. But I did expect better from Biden.

Biden should be ashamed of himself forever for how he and his administration are handling this.

🦠 PBS News Hour: U.S. COVID deaths hit 1 million less than 3 years into the pandemic

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out.

“It is hard to imagine a million people plucked from this earth,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, who leads a new pandemic center at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island. “It’s still happening and we are letting it happen.”


We had about 3,000 new cases reported over the weekend in Oregon, which puts us well back into “surge” territory. And considering that cases may be as much as 10 times worse than reported because of undercounting due to home testing and just general lack of testing… Well, let’s just say that it doesn’t look like I’ll be taking my mask off, doing much of anything indoors, or eating inside any restaurants any time soon.