Grief Spreads In Wake Of Pandemic; Some Optimism Seen As Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions Save Lives, Vaccine, Treatment Research Progress

AP: As a pandemic presses on, waves of grief follow its path
“…Illness and death are the pandemic’s most feared consequences, but a collective sense of loss is perhaps its most pervasive. Around the world, the pandemic has spread grief by degrees. While less than 1% of the global population is known to have been infected, few on Earth have been spared some form of loss since the coronavirus took hold. With nearly 1 million deaths worldwide, full-blown bereavement is the most recognizable. But even smaller losses can leave people feeling empty and unsettled…” (Tanner, 10/12).

New York Times: A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On
“…So far some 215,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus, and reliable estimates suggest that the number could reach 400,000. Health experts agree that, with stronger leadership, the death toll would have been far lower. … Nonetheless, there is a collective accomplishment here worth acknowledging. … Today, and despite the president’s own resistance, masks are widely accepted. … The slow but relentless acceptance of what epidemiologists call ‘non-pharmaceutical interventions’ has made a huge difference in lives saved. The next step is pharmaceutical interventions…” (McNeil, 10/12).

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