On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the United States reached 200,000 deaths as a result of COVID-19. Lives could have been saved had national leadership stepped up and took charge at any point in the last nine months. Lives could have been saved if capital and power hadn’t been so blatantly prioritized over human life.
It’s a bleak take to share, but it is more obvious now than ever before that the people in charge care more about the money in their pockets than the blood on their hands. It’s even bleaker to have to reconcile with the fact that we are not the ones who can make this stop. We can and should do our own individual parts, but until someone steps in and enforces a united group effort across the country, it’s difficult to imagine the situation getting any better.
While their lives were taken senselessly, we cannot forget to recognize the people who have perished and realize the magnitude of that loss. As the number itself is almost inconceivable, this is what 200,000 people actually look like:
Ali Kochik is a third-year English writings major, journalism and women’s and gender studies minor. AK908461@WCUPA.EDU