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A Lower Death Rate Doesn’t Make the U.S. Covid Surge OK

Fatalities still stand to rise, and many survivors will suffer lasting health problems.

No excuses.

No excuses.

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The recent spike in U.S. Covid-19 infections has mercifully been accompanied by a declining death count. There were days in the spring when the country had half the number of cases but twice as many deaths. Now, at least, the U.S. is testing more widely.  

And even though death is a lagging indicator, and the numbers are likely to catch up to some degree, there is reason to hope that the lag could now be longer and slower than it was in the spring. After all, much has been learned about how to treat Covid-19 patients.