“The agency analyzed death certificate data from last year and found that covid-19 was the underlying or contributing cause of more than 377,000
U.S. fatalities — making it the third-leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer.”
Also in the news from several days ago, Dr. Deborah Birx was quoted, “During her CNN interview, Birx also said
she believes the US’s COVID-19 death toll, which is just about to reach 550,000, could have been avoided if the Trump administration had taken aggressive measures to encourage mask-wearing and restrictions on gatherings. ‘I look at it this way: The first time, we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,’ Birx says. ‘All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.’”
I don’t think you can categorically prove her claim, but we must all recognize that there is a collective responsibility for the high death count here in the United States. It starts at the very top with presidential leadership lacking. Then there are the governors and other locally elected officials who responded slowly or poopooed the virus and its implications. The lack of leadership is continuing today with many states opening up too soon and discarding mask mandates. Finally, there are the individuals who did and continue to disregard warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about masking, social distancing and travel.
Yes, we are an exceptionally stupid people!