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PANDEMIC 2020

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PANDEMIC 2020

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Description of statistics related to death and how it compares to COVID-19 deaths.

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04/05/2020

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10/24/2020
1/29/2021

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04/05/2020

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Here in Sonoma County, California,the last time I was able to find data, 100 people had the virus and only one had died. Why am I so tied to my computer, fascinated with the public health drama unfolding before us all? Is the “First World” all that important? To put it into perspective, an Austrian friend sent a link to the “Worldometer,” with global statistics on everything from how much money is being spent, worldwide, on health services, to how many people die of obesity, to how many starve, etc. The numbers of COVID-19 deaths pale in comparison with some of these—81,000 mothers have died in childbirth so far in 2020; two million children under five have died. Sad as they are, these worldwide statistics help me. So much of the pain of the world never reaches our eyes or ears, and we don’t know people in countries where these statistics are playing out. But that pain is there, regardless of our obliviousness.

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