Reader's View: The lives of real Americans are being lost
As the president crisscrosses America holding rallies with crowds neither social distancing nor wearing many masks, one can only presume he is recklessly enacting his latest laissez-faire approach to COVID-19. In President Donald Trump’s own words, it’s "herd mentality."
To achieve “herd immunity” one must accept a death toll in the millions — and not nameless, faceless, cold statistics but the lives lost of our friends, our family, and our neighbors. The magic-bullet hopes placed in a viable, widely distributed vaccine are still far on the horizon. Until then, we are at the mercy of a president spreading misinformation and a deadly virus at every political stop.
The middle of September marked the 200,000th COVID-19 death in the U.S. death, making this pandemic the fourth-deadliest loss-of-life event in our nation’s history.
Maybe the man sworn to protect this nation callously considers these numbers a win in the war against COVID-19; however, to those of us who already have sacrificed and lost so much, we do not.