“100,000 dead. A terrible milestone. Every name a family devastated. A friend lost. A community and a country that will never be the same. This Memorial Day our nation mourns a preventable, catastrophic loss of life. A potent reminder that competent leadership matters. “
After revealing that Sunday’s New York Times would not feature an image on the front page, but would instead list the names of COVID-19 fatalities, the newspaper was praised online.
“U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss,” the headline read above six columns of names.
“They were not simply names on a list. They were us,” reads the subhead.“Numbers alone cannot possibly measure the impact of the coronavirus on America, whether it is the number of patients treated, jobs interrupted or lives cut short. As the country nears a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths attributed to the virus, The New York Times scoured obituaries and death notices of the victims. The 1,000 people here reflect just 1 percent of the toll,” the paper explained. “None were mere numbers.”