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Cathy O'Neil

Covid-19 Will Soon Be Like Another 9/11 Every Day

The case count suggests U.S. daily deaths will approach 3,000.

How many chairs next year?

How many chairs next year?

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The sheer onslaught of horrible Covid-19 data can be hard for the human mind to process. So think of it this way: The way things are going, the disease will soon be killing as many Americans every day as terrorist attacks did on Sept. 11, 2001.

In recent days, the Thanksgiving holiday has made the data particularly difficult to read. A lot of people got tested last week before traveling to visit friends and relatives, so there was a big spike in the number of tests and the number of confirmed cases, both of which set new records. Probably a lot of asymptomatic people discovered that they were positive just as they were getting ready to go see Grandma.