The 200,000 coronavirus deaths are an American tragedy of our own making | Andrew Gawthorpe

Coronavirus inflicts American deaths equivalent to a 9/11 every few days, but Trump and his allies seem blithely unconcerned

Death is not supposed to be part of the American dream. As the country’s founding document says, liberty and the pursuit of happiness presuppose life. For a culture based on these ideals, death can be hard to confront. Nevertheless, as the official death toll from Covid-19 in the United States passes 200,000, it is time to take stock of how long-running pathologies in American culture exact a price measured in human lives.

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