When medical historians look back on the Covid-19 pandemic, years after the pain, suffering, and death of this disease have faded from immediate emotions, I think what will stand out for them above all else is the grotesque financials of this pandemic.

It began with a Washington state resident returning from Wuhan, China on January 15, 2020, the first person in the United States diagnosed with a confirmed case of the 2019 novel coronavirus.1 In 2021, one in 500 Americans had died because of Covid, in all its variants. The death rate is staggering. By March the 4th 2022, 103 million Americans, about a third of the population, had contracted Covid, and 1.13 millions had died. How did we get to these appalling statistics? The answer is one man, Donald Trump, and one party, the Republican Party. Is that a partisan political statement, or merely a statement of fact supported by multiple non-political surveys by recognized research organizations? It is, in fact, the latter.

When Covid entered the country in Washington State in January 2020, the […]

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