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Bailey Jones

Today or tomorrow we will pass the 500,000 deaths milestone in our COVID journey. Let that soak in a moment. That's more deaths in one year than we lost in WW2 in four years. It's three 9/11 events a week, every week, for a year - and then some.

We are just now getting past the surge in cases in deaths that followed the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when Americans decided that they could just do without COVID protocols for a while. Daily deaths increased 3X, to 4000 a day.

I know that Americans don't like to learn from history - even when the history is just last month - but please, please, please don't think that this pandemic is over. It's not. Keep wearing your masks and social distancing. Get vaccinated when you can. We're in a race between vaccinations and virus mutations, and we've got some months to go.

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