COVID-19 has officially surpassed the death toll of World War I and the 1957 pandemic. It is now the fourth deadliest event in American history. Only the Spanish Flu, the Civil War and World War II remain out in front of it and this is with 1,160,346 unresolved active cases.
The death toll is currently projected to hit 182,297 by September 1. The ensemble forecast of models puts the death toll at around 140,000 a month from now. Not that it matters now with the news cycle moving on, but it is worth looking back at March when this was so controversial:
Do you remember how much shit I got for agreeing with this?
Note: Last month, I wondered whether the pandemic would “set us down the path to becoming a serious country again.” Three weeks later, we know for certain that it will not and where we stand. Instead, it has drastically accelerated our national decomposition.