Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Putting COVID-19 Death Numbers in Perspective

On the occasion of the 200,000th. American death from COVID-19, the Associated Press notes: “The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days.” That helps to put the impact of this pandemic in perspective. 

So do other facts.

Consider that 58,318 members of our US Armed Forces were killed in Vietnam from 1955, when American military advisers arrived in South Vietnam, until the end of the war. Remember, those of you who were living at the time, the impact that war had on our nation. Then compare that with the number of US COVID deaths in just seven months: 200,000 versus 58,318, in twenty-one years.

Skeptical of those numbers? Consider that the past five months have seen more deaths than in any other five-month period of US history. So, even if you think deaths attributed to COVID were not solely caused by the virus but by other factors as well, COVID appears to be the animating factor in this alarming increase in deaths. Unless you think that it's simply coincidence, a massive COVID coincidence.

Pray that the grieving will be comforted, that scientists will find safe and effective vaccines, and that God will teach us to love our neighbor.

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