700,000 Americans now dead from COVID-19—but deaths reveal deep disparities
U.S. deaths have been disproportionately high among Hispanic, Black, and Indigenous communities and in rural areas—highlighting vast inequities in the health system.
Soon there will be more than 700,000 white flags dotting the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.—one for each life lost to COVID-19, all part of an art installation dedicated to capturing the nation’s immense losses during the pandemic. (See the epic COVID-19 memorial on the National Mall, in one stunning photo.)
In more than a year and a half since the first case was detected in Seattle, America’s death toll has climbed steadily. And those deaths continue to climb steadily even as more than half of the country has already been immunized with highly effective vaccines. (COVID-19 surpasses 1918 flu as deadliest pandemic in U.S. history.)
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