Times Cover – 200K US Deaths

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Day 180: Stay Safe Minnesota

The Time Cover story is a grim reminder of how the U.S. reached the seventh-highest number of deaths per 100,000 population in the world even with such an advanced healthcare technology.

Today confirmed deaths from COVID-19 reached over 200,000 in the US according to the John Hopkins University database, yet another sobering milestone. Speaking to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta during the CITIZEN by CNN event, Fauci said the nation’s current baseline of 35,000 to 40,000 cases a day is too high.

The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering and in some respects, stunning.

Dr Anthony Fauci, speaking to CNN

Time Cover Story

When the confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the US were approaching this historic 200K milestone, last week Time magazine cover story highlighted this figure, questioning how the most wealthy nation on the earth with the most advanced technology is among the 10 worst-hit countries with the seventh-highest number of deaths per 100,000 population?

“While a great many mysteries remain around COVID-19, the most effective ways to curb its spread are not among them. That is the theme of this week’s cover story by Alex Fitzpatrick and Elijah Wolfson, echoing what scientists around the world have made clear now for many months.” From the Times.

Among the world’s wealthy nations, only the U.S. has an outbreak that continues to spin out of control. Of the 10 worst-hit countries, the U.S. has the seventh-highest number of deaths per 100,000 population; the other nine countries in the top 10 have an average per capita GDP of $10,195, compared to $65,281 for the U.S. Some countries, like New Zealand, have even come close to eradicating COVID-19 entirely. Vietnam, where officials implemented particularly intense lockdown measures, didn’t record a single virus-related death until July 31.

From the Time Magazine Cover Story

Talking to Edward Felsenthal, Editor-in-Chief of TIME, Tom Ridge ( the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security) said “We see in a painful and dramatic way the globalization of disease, and it’s incumbent on us to make some rather substantive changes.If we don’t, then shame on us and shame on our leadership.”

The time cover story concludes with the following statement:

Each one of those lives lost represents an entire world, not only of those individuals but also of their family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. This is humbling—and it should be. The only path forward is one of humility, of recognition that if America is exceptional with regard to COVID-19, it’s in a way most people would not celebrate.

Talking to the CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Tuesday, Dr Fauci said “To lower the levels, ‘You do that by looking at where you are, in what region of the country, and acting accordingly, according to the guidelines. That’s not rocket science. [..] We’ve got to do it together. We’ve got to be in this together”

We’ve got to do it together. We’ve got to be in this together. When you have weak links in the chain, and some components of society are not doing it, it just makes it very difficult for the rest.

Dr Anthony Fauci, speaking to CNN
Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Sept 22, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 91,422 (out of 1,863,694 tested) with 1,979 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Sept 22, 3:23 p.m.) there are 6,884,032 confirmed covid19 infection with 200,541 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 31,434,340 with 967,035 deaths.