It was one of those moments which snuck up on me because I was preoccupied with the current political circus, but the United States surpassed three hundred thousand COVID-19 deaths. The real horror of this current surge of coronavirus infection is that Intensive Care Units in hospitals around the country are filling up. The latest surge has added over two hundred thousand new cases, with over two-thousand deaths per day, even as a vaccine rollout is underway. If only people could have held out a little longer before congregating for holidays and MAGA marches, things wouldn't have gotten so out of control.
Back in March, I predicted that at least half-a-million people would die from this pandemic before it ran its course. I think we will reach that threshold around the one year anniversary of the virus hitting our shores... and I wish I had been wrong. I didn't even anticipate the anti-mask, anti-social distancing, and soon-to-come anti-vaccine backlashes when I made that prediction.
The true damage of COVID-19 isn't even being discussed... the number of people who will have 'recovered' with life-altering effects: diminished cardiovascular capacity, brain fog, fatigue, depression, loss of taste and smell... This is no mere flu, though the flu is nothing to diminish, either. This pandemic will leave many individuals with long-term deficits in physical and mental health.
And a lot of the carnage could have been mitigated. That's the real tragedy.