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Over One Million COVID Dead Mean for the U.S.’s Future by Melody Schreiber

How high is the actual coronavirus death toll? | COVID-19 Special

Over five million people have officially fallen victim to the coronavirus. But news magazine The Economist estimates that the pandemic’s true death toll is four times higher calculating almost 20 million excess deaths worldwide. The official COVID toll could just be the tip of the iceberg.

This country is about to reach an unthinkably grim milestone. Nearly 200,000 children have lost parents, many more elderly have been killed, and family well-being has been ripped apart

Laura Jackson feels the loss of her husband Charlie like she is missing a part of herself. He died of COVID early in the pandemic, on May 17, 2020, just weeks after the couple celebrated his 50th birthday. Charlie was an Army veteran who served in Iraq during Desert Storm, and Laura finds herself returning to images of war and loss—to those who have lost a limb but still feel its phantom tingle, who unthinkingly reach for a glass of water or try to step out of bed before realizing what has been lost forever. Even now she still turns to find Charlie, eager to share a joy or a disappointment, only to remember with a jolt that there is a missing space where he once was.

“I don’t know that you ever get over it,” says Jackson, who lives in Charlotte, N.C. “Your person who was supposed to be there for life—to have that tragically ripped away has been a huge, huge adjustment to make.”

The U.S. will record one million confirmed deaths from COVID in the next several weeks. This toll is likely an undercount because there are more than 200,000 other excess deaths that go beyond typical mortality rates, caused in part by the lingering effects of the disease and the strain of the pandemic. These immense losses are shaping our country—how we live, work, and love, how we play and pray and learn and grow. To read more go to the link below:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-one-million-covid-dead-mean-for-the-u-s-s-future/#

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