The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been a horrific experience for almost everyone. The outbreak that began in China in December 2019 has now spread to the entire world. Currently, the number of confirmed cases stands at 5.45 million, whereas the death toll has exceeded 340,000.
The effects of the virus have been different for different countries. Some countries have been virtually unaffected by the virus, while others have been completely decimated.
Unfortunately, America belongs to the latter.
The US has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world at 1.69 million. America’s death toll is nearly 100,000.
The New York Times made a bold move to commemorate this grim milestone.
WHAT DID THE NEW YORK TIMES DO ABOUT THE US’ DEATH TOLL FROM CORONAVIRUS?
The New York Times dedicated its Sunday front page to people who lost their lives to the novel coronavirus.
With the headline “U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, an Incalculable Loss,” the newspaper carried information about nearly 1,000 dead patients.
The front page included names and tiny personal details that were obtained from obituaries from around the country.
“Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with ‘the most amazing ear’ …”
“Florencio Almazo Morán, 65, New York City, one-man army …”
“Coby Adolph, 44, Chicago, entrepreneur and adventurer …”
“Theresa Elloie, 63, New Orleans, renowned for her business making detailed pins and corsages …”
People who don’t have first-hand accounts of suffering from or seeing someone suffer from the virus can feel detached from the pandemic. The death toll, to them, can feel like just a number. The sub-heading on the page tackled exactly that.
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“They were not simply names on a list. They were us.”
According to Simone Landon, putting 100,000 dots or stick figures on a page “doesn’t really tell you very much about who these people were, the lives that they lived, what it means for us as a country.” Thus, Landon came up with the idea to compile obituaries and death notices. Landon is the assistant editor of the Graphics desk.
Marc Lacey, National editor, said in an email –
“I wanted something that people would look back on in 100 years to understand the toll of what we’re living through.”