Memento Mori: A million dead of COVID-19

May 6, 2022

We’ve reached a grim milestone: one million dead from COVID-19.

“The number — equivalent to the population of San Jose, California, the 10th largest city in the U.S. — was reached at stunning speed: 27 months after the country confirmed its first case of the virus.”

Imagine the population of San Jose one by one suffocating, then dropping dead, until no one is left, in a little more than two years. That’s what COVID-19 has done to this country. I think it would be appropriate to mark this ignominious milestone with a national day of remembrance; a memento mori, a grim reminder that this disease is not yet over, not by a long shot.