CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: “The United States reached a staggering milestone on Monday, surpassing 500,000 known coronavirus-related deaths in a pandemic that has lasted almost a year. The nation’s total virus toll is higher than in any other country in the world. It has far surpassed early predictions of loss by some federal experts. And it means that more Americans have died from Covid-19 than did on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.”

-Lucy Tompkins, Mitch Smith, Julie Bosman, and Bryan Pietsch, “Entering uncharted territory, the U.S. counts 500,000 Covid-related deaths.,” nytimes.com, Feb. 22, 2021