U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 100,000 milestone

“The coronavirus pandemic has reached a fearsome new milestone as of Wednesday night — 100,000 U.S. lives lost,” according to the PBS News Hour. “That number exceeds all the American dead in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. Although the House of Representatives made history by allowing proxy votes for the first time to avoid travel amid the pandemic, businesses across the country continued to reopen. Lisa Desjardins reports.”

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 100,000 milestone”

  1. Just to make that 100,000+ figure more shocking, it turns out that the frequently cited number of yearly deaths from the common flu — somewhere around 60,000 at its max, a number mentioned by those who argue that COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the common flu — is not an actual statistic, it’s a figure calculated by an algorithm that deliberately exaggerates reality in order to encourage vaccinations:

    The 25,000 to 69,000 numbers that Trump cited do not represent counted flu deaths per year; they are estimates that the CDC produces by multiplying the number of flu death counts reported by various coefficients produced through complicated algorithms. These coefficients are based on assumptions of how many cases, hospitalizations, and deaths they believe went unreported. In the last six flu seasons, the CDC’s reported number of actual confirmed flu deaths—that is, counting flu deaths the way we are currently counting deaths from the coronavirus—has ranged from 3,448 to 15,620, which far lower than the numbers commonly repeated by public officials and even public health experts.

    From the Scientific American article “Comparing COVID-19 Deaths to Flu Deaths Is like Comparing Apples to Oranges

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