US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years into the outbreak.

Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Mariann Edgar Budde

FILE – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., from left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, are joined by members of the House on the steps of the Capitol to honor the nearly 1 million deaths in America due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in Washington, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

That is a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

The figure is based on data kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days.

It is roughly equal to the number of Americans who died in the Civil War and World War II combined.

It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out.

Some of those left behind say they cannot return to normal.

They replay their loved ones’ voicemail messages. Or watch old videos to see them dance.

When other people say they are done with the virus, they bristle with anger or ache in silence.

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