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700K Deaths from the Pandemic

It is nothing to brag about.

We as a nation crossed another threshold with the report that here in the United States the coronavirus had claimed a total of 700,000 lives.

The delta variant provided the last push this summer to up our total number of dead. The New York Times summed it up this way: “The latest Covid-19 deaths were concentrated in the South, and included more younger people than before. Every age group under 55 saw its highest death toll of the pandemic this August.”

Then I looked over the shoulder of my wife as she watched a TV interview with two New York City “unvaccinated nurses.” They were saying that the unnecessary deaths were being classified as being from COVID-19. They felt that if a person had an underlying disease — say, diabetes — then that should be the cause of death and not COVID-19, even if the patient was on a ventilator because they couldn’t breathe.

This, then, is another “rationale” that people use for not getting vaccinated. “It is not that bad!”

All I know is that the 1918 flu pandemic killed an estimated 675,000 people in the United States and still as of this writing, with life-saving vaccines available, a percentage of the population refuses to be vaccinated.

I’m thinking that if we try really hard we can get to 800,000 deaths from COVID-19. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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