Washington Post: Alone in death

Washington Post: Alone in death. “There are no official statistics about how many unclaimed bodies are buried across America, but a Washington Post investigation that included more than 100 interviews over six months with medical examiners and local officials from Maine to California found that every year tens of thousands of lives end this way. Covid-19 increased the number of unclaimed bodies in many places, including Maricopa, which had a 30 percent spike, according to the investigation.”

‘Scared to death’: Dozens of school bus drivers have died of COVID, fueling shortages (USA Today)

USA Today: ‘Scared to death’: Dozens of school bus drivers have died of COVID, fueling shortages. “[Natalia] D’Angelo is among at least 12 school bus workers in Georgia — including three in the Griffin-Spalding district — who have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year. In all, school bus drivers in at least 10 states have died of the disease since August, according to news reports and a Twitter feed called ‘School Personnel Lost to Covid.’”

Doctor who has lost over 100 patients to covid says some deny virus from their deathbeds: ‘I don’t believe you’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Doctor who has lost over 100 patients to covid says some deny virus from their deathbeds: ‘I don’t believe you’. “Trunsky’s post detailing his interactions with eight covid patients and their relatives highlights the resistance and mistreatment some health-care workers across the United States face while caring for patients who have put off or declined getting vaccinated. Trunsky estimates that 9 out of every 10 covid patients he treats are unvaccinated. His post — a plea for people to get vaccinated — also reveals the physical and emotional toll the pandemic has had on health-care workers, who have been on the front lines for over a year and a half. Roughly 3 out of 10 have considered leaving the profession, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, and about 6 in 10 say stress from the pandemic has harmed their mental health.”

COVID Cases, Deaths Notably Worse In Red States Than Blue States: Report (HuffPost)

HuffPost: COVID Cases, Deaths Notably Worse In Red States Than Blue States: Report. “By the looks of it, Republican attacks on masks and COVID-19 vaccines don’t seem to be particularly healthy for people living in red states. In several instances in recent months, both COVID-19 cases and deaths are notably higher in Republican states than in Democratic blue states, according to an analysis of data by The Washington Post.”

Vox: America’s car crash epidemic

Vox: America’s car crash epidemic. “Even as Americans have been driving less in the past year or so, car crash deaths (including both occupants of vehicles and pedestrians) have surged. Cars killed 42,060 people in 2020, up from 39,107 in 2019, according to a preliminary estimate from the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit that focuses on eliminating preventable deaths. (NSC’s numbers are typically higher than those reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because the NSC includes car deaths in private spaces like driveways and parking lots, and it counts deaths that occur up to a year after a crash.)”

New York Daily News: COVID-19’s US death toll on verge of surpassing that of 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic

New York Daily News: COVID-19’s US death toll on verge of surpassing that of 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic. “The United States’ known death toll from COVID-19 will surpass the number of dead from the Spanish Flu within the next day or two, according to the side-by-side numbers — though a direct comparison between the raw numbers doesn’t give the whole story, medical experts and statisticians say. What is clear is that the sheer numbers, given the modern-day tools that combat such illnesses, are a heavy burden. COVID-related U.S. deaths as of Sunday night are at 673,763, according to Johns Hopkins University data.”

National Geographic: 670,000 flags on the National Mall pay tribute to America’s devastating COVID-19 losses

National Geographic: 670,000 flags on the National Mall pay tribute to America’s devastating COVID-19 losses. “Beneath the Washington Monument hundreds of thousands of small white flags flutter in the hot breeze. Landscape workers and volunteers walk among them, stooping to plant the flags 10 inches apart until they fill 20 acres of the National Mall. Each flag represents an American life lost to COVID-19.”

AL: Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID

AL: Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID. “A married Alabama couple known for their reselling videos on YouTube under the name ‘Alabama Pickers’ have both died of COVID. Dusty and Tristan Graham lived in Huntsville, where they would often post videos about various tips and tricks to reselling vintage items like clothes and home decor. They sold on eBay under the username, bama4348.”

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths. “More nursing home residents and staff died of COVID-19 in Florida during a four-week period ending Aug. 22 than in any other state in the country, according to an AARP analysis released today. Florida accounted for 21 percent of all nursing home resident deaths due to the virus nationwide. The data shows the state with 17 percent of staff deaths nationally during this time.”

‘Tell all of our family to get vaccinated’: COVID kills 6 members of Glades family in 3 weeks (Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach Post: ‘Tell all of our family to get vaccinated’: COVID kills 6 members of Glades family in 3 weeks. “[Lisa] Wilson, a longtime aide to Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, persuaded pastors to preach about the need to get shots. Her husband, Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, was one of the first in the western farming community to roll up his sleeve, hoping others would follow his example. But despite Wilson’s insistence that the shots would save lives, some members of her own family ignored her. In the last three weeks, six of them died from complications of COVID-19.”

CNN: 1 in 500 US residents has died of Covid-19

CNN: 1 in 500 US residents has died of Covid-19. “The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have died of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to the US Census Bureau, the US population as of April 2020 was 331.4 million.”