The United States has just passed 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. There have been more than 6.8 million confirmed cases in the U.S. according to Johns Hopkins University.
BREAKING: The U.S. has reached 200,000 coronavirus deaths https://t.co/NedQKg5Qh0— Axios (@Axios)1600789320.0
Some even expect that number to double by the end of the year.
BREAKING: 200,000 people in the U.S. have died from #COVID19. About 800 people die from the virus each day in the… https://t.co/C7nZT30kp0— AJ+ (@AJ+)1600789991.0
While these numbers are shocking and completely heartbreaking, President Donald Trump is still downplaying the pandemic.
"It affects virtually nobody," Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting https://t.co/qHrZvUWNhX— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1600736526.0
To say a virus "affects virtually nobody" when it has directly affected more than 6.8 million Americans — taking the lives of 200,000 and counting — is either blissful ignorance or an attempt to downplay the severity of the issue in order to secure more votes for the upcoming election.
When you look at the severity of coronavirus it is clear just how severe it is. Axios reported, "The death toll here is equivalent to roughly 65 September 11 attacks. Three times more Americans have died from COVID than died in the Vietnam war."
It is also now in the top-five mass casualty events in U.S. history.
COVID now 4th largest mass casualty event in US history. Topped only by the Civil War, WWII, 1918 flu pandemic.— Person Woman Man Camera TV (@Person Woman Man Camera TV)1600743891.0
The truth is that COVID has hit the U.S. hard and fast. In eight months' time, we have reached large scale numbers of infections and deaths. Yet our president is still not fully acknowledging the reality.
We can only hope that won't cost more lives.