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Post headline: The pandemic death toll is now the equivalent of all of Boston dropping dead

The Washington Post's Philip Bump considers the latest Covid-19 statistics.

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Or several smaller major cities put together.

I started making these comparisons a while ago - they are easier to grasp than abstract numbers.

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How long before some wag suggests that its not a bad idea. Couldn't he have picked some well-known city where vax rates are low and people have been partying like its 1999, say with nit-wits in charge in the state government? Any nominees?

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population

Many of the mid-range cities are well vaccinated, but there's always Nashville and Oklahoma City to pick on.

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And DC is about the same size as Boston, why go with Boston?

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The author of that story is not based in DC, he works out of the NYC office.

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Perhaps they could revise the worldometer to show COVID deaths by city size. Or perhaps some clever coder could whip that up.

Today:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

719K deaths so far.

Boston's long behind (on the other side of El Paso, OK City, Nashville, and DC), Denver is in the rear view mirror, and we're approaching Seattle.

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We've already wiped out the equivalent of all of Vermont or Wyoming and are closing in on Alaska.

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some Howie Carr/ Dr Shiva fan in _this_ state suggests it's not a bad idea?

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Then Shiva can claim that he lost a million votes?

Wait ... he's already doing that.

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Boston's not a good comparison because it's among the youngest cities in the USA, going by median age of residents. Meanwhile the average age of COVID deaths is around 80. Median age would be even higher, but hasn't been published anywhere.

There's a difference between dying in your 30s versus dying in your 80s. Dying old is sad. Dying young is tragic.

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Since the *vast* majority of Covid deaths since this Spring have been largely preventable, I'd say they're all tragic.

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great film

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We have had an effective vaccine since early 2021* and yet I've seen an antivaxxer HS friend lose both his parents and a family member lose three anti-vaxxer marital relatives this month alone.

These same antivaxxer relatives nearly dumbassucked my essential worker cousin into their vacuous stupidity, too, but his dad and sister and our aunt railroaded him. I paid for lunch.

Stupidity, denial, and misinformation bullshit are the real tragedy here.

*I saw a graphic with 13 full Soldier's Field stadiums. 9 of these were pre-vaccine deaths. 4 of them were post vaccine. The deaths of vaccinated people filled only the lower section behind one end zone of one stadium.

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Yes - Soldier Field, Chicago

Here's one version of it:

https://www.childrensmn.org/departments/infectioncontrol/pdf/covid-numbe...

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“ Dying old is sad. Dying young is tragic.”

You must be very young.

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Boston's not a good comparison because it's among the youngest cities in the USA

It isn't a comparison. It's just numbers. Just. Numbers. Number of people. That's it.

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Someone isn’t a fan of Beantown.

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The estimated world death toll is more like 10-20 million -- about the population of New England.

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