Huang quoted Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, former president of the American Public Health Association, as saying, “The sheer number and loss of these people from our society is not recognized. We cannot think that these people are available and are necessary and that we can just understand very well without them. These are the blinds that rip out the power of the whole society. “
President Biden and his administration have done their utmost to acknowledge the loss with respect and a minute of candlelight silence at the White House Monday night. The broadcast networks carried it live along with the main cable news networks. Several of the shows showed the faces of the victims and personalized the unattainable loss.
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Faith, reflection, healing
CNN aired “We Remember 500,000: National Memorial Service for Covid-19” on Monday. I asked host Jake Tapper how the special one-hour program came about. “Last spring, given the administration’s refusal to acknowledge the important loss our nation suffered, a good friend of mine suggested to CNN that this gap be filled,” Tapper said. “That was for the 100,000 dead from Kovid in the United States.” (Special aired on Sunday, May 31).
“It’s tragic that we’re in another horrifying and heartbreaking stage, 500,000. So it made even more sense to take some time to try to honor the loss and maybe find community and maybe even more meaning in faith and reflection, “Tapper said. “I’m grateful, as always, to work in a news network and for a boss who allows such moments.”
We will never know the total number of dead
At a briefing for the British response team on Monday, a reporter pointed to the fact that “some officials and health experts have said that we almost certainly report COVID-19 deaths in this country.” CDC Director Rochelle Valensky confirmed that: “I think that when history writes this, we will understand that the mortality rate associated with this pandemic is much higher than the numbers we counted, for many reasons.”