The Bob Woodward book, Rage, has brought a severe poignancy to the cover of the September 21, 2020 issue of The TIME magazine. We learned Wednesday that 84 percent of the coronavirus pandemic deaths in the United States could have been prevented by Donald Trump. He could have told the American people, organized a rapid-response team, and modeled wearing masks and practicing social distancing. POTUS knew all about the virus in January 2020 as he let The Washington Post journalist audiotape him. Instead, the president intentionally let all of our family, friends, and neighbors die.
One of TIME’s readers wrote:
‘An arena concert taking place with corona restrictions honestly seems like it’s happening on another planet considering what’s going on here in the U.S.’
TIME has a black border on its cover for only the second time in its history, honoring the dead. Writers Alex Fitzpatrick and Elijah Wolfson echoed what worldwide scientists and health professional have known for “many months” in their cover theme.
Artist John Mavroudis designed the cover. He collected data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The artist wrote by hand the number of coronavirus deaths in America:
‘[For] every one of the 193 days between Feb. 29, the first confirmation of a COVID-related death in the U.S., and Sept. 8, as it neared time to go to press. Out of that data, the illustration reveals the coming grim milestone of 200,000. Creative director D.W. Pine then placed the illustration within a black border–only the second time in our history we have done so, the first being after 9/11.’
‘I really hope this cover is a wake-up call for those who are numbed to this catastrophe. Science and common sense are the answers to this crisis.’
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said:
‘Not testing alone. Not physical distancing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not masks alone. Do it all. Countries that have adopted this comprehensive approach have suppressed transmission and saved lives.’
The Director-General continued:
‘And then there is the U.S., which will soon cross a devastating marker: 200,000 deaths caused by COVID-19. That death toll–equivalent to U.S. deaths in more than three Vietnams, or the entire population of Salt Lake City–is the world’s largest by far and more deaths per capita than in all but 12 other countries.’
The former Governor and first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tom Ridge (R-PA) said:
‘We see in a painful and dramatic way the globalization of disease, and it’s incumbent on us to make some rather substantive changes. If we don’t, then shame on us and shame on our leadership.’
The United States set up the DHS after September 11, 2001. Its purpose is to fight terrorist attacks on American soil. Ridge added:
‘There are clear parallels not only with the continuing threat of COVID-19 but also with the likelihood of future pandemics that virologists predict may well be worse.’
The good news is that “at least one vaccine may be available by the time 2020 comes to an end.”
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