The death toll from coronavirus in the United States is very critical
The prestigious newspaper The New York Times dedicated this Sunday a report to the "incalculable loss" of humans caused in almost three months by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and completely filled its front page with brief obituaries of 1,000 of the deceased, when the count is already approaching 100,000.
The shocking front page image, widely shared on social media, is a long six-column list that puts name, age and life history to the stark figures of the tragedy under the headline "US deaths are approaching. 100,000 , an incalculable loss ", remembering that those people" were us ".
The editor of the NYT graphic table, Simone Landon , indicated through her Twitter account that "1% of those who have died" appear on the solemn cover and in the digital edition their stories are emphasized interactively, with the hope that readers will "spend a little time with each of them."
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The front page of The New York Times for May 24, 2020 Correction: Earlier editions of Sunday’s front page included at least one name in error. Our original post containing an image of that front page has been deleted and replaced with an image of the late edition.
The tribute allows us to learn about lives such as that of Samuel Hargress Jr., 84, who owned the Paris Blues jazz venue in New York; Mike Field, 59, an emergency worker who came to help in the September 11, 2001 attacks; Mary Santiago, 44, a mother from Illinois; o April Dunn, 33, a Louisiana disability rights advocate.
In another article on the development of the piece, the NYT journalists point out that in the face of the sad figure of 100,000 deaths from the new coronavirus, they were aware of the "data fatigue" and reviewed obituaries in hundreds of national newspapers to get phrases that show "the special of each lost life", something that resembles a "tapestry".
In the electronic edition, the report takes a visual aspect and the page is scrolled down to read the short stories, with counts of the deceased by chronological date and an essay on the "absence of a clear end" during the pandemic, in the that "even the dead have had to wait" to be fired by their loved ones.
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