Coronavirus, flu, wars and terrorism

I hope that we are all taking the pandemic seriously. I remain appalled at the local pastor who held services in his church despite warning about large crowd gatherings. Before he was arrested, the sheriff noted that the church was already equipped to broadcast its services online and had been doing so. Our parish is closed out of love and concern for the parishioners – even as we figure out ways to continue our works of charity.

Some perspective on the seriousness of this pandemic is needed:

  • On a typical day, 7,700 Americans die—from all causes, natural and violent.
  • Last Monday about 500 people died.
  • Wednesday it was reported that more than 1,000 people died here in the United States because of the virus.
  • 2,501: Americans were killed in action on D-Day.
  • 2,977: people who died on 9-11 terror attacks
  • As of Saturday morning (April 4) a total of 7,146 people are reported to have died of the virus.

The Office of the President is reporting that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die because of the virus.

  • Under 100,000: Americans died in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the war in Afghanistan combined.
  • 658,000: The total number of Americans who have died in combat in all of the wars in U.S. history.
  • 675,000: Americans died of the Spanish flu in 1918-19.

We are not to the worst of days. The number of coronavirus cases is increasing exponentially, so every day will be magnitude worse than the one before. The toughest days are still ahead in terms of illness and death.

May God watch over us and keep us safe.


data from the Tampa Bay Times

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