Making an attempt to visualise 500,000 useless, the monstrous U.S. pandemic toll
By Artur Galocha and Bonnie Berkowitz
A yr in the past, covid-19 had killed only a handful of individuals in the US. Now, the pandemic’s official demise toll equals the scale of a significant metropolis, greater than the inhabitants of Kansas Metropolis, Mo., and almost as many as Atlanta or Sacramento.
It may be onerous to understand the enormity — nearly half one million individuals, gone. What if we imagined them touring as one group? Or killed in motion? Or all buried collectively?
If 500,000 passengers traveled by bus …
A mean motor coach — the type of bus you’ll take from one metropolis to a different — holds 50 individuals. Transporting solely the quantity of people that died final month would require dozens of buses.