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Coronavirus Has Killed More Than 100,000 Americans - Here's What That Means
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    The numbers of deaths due to the virus may look "staggeringly large" but compare it to the 1918 Spanish flu which claimed 675,000 deaths in the US affecting healthy adults (20-40). Let's also compare it to medical errors which are avoidable. Medical errors are reported to be the 3rd leading cause of deaths in the US after heart disease and cancer. In 2018 a John Hopkins study showed medical errors account for 250,000 deaths per year in the US. Other reports state the number may even be higher. In 1999 the Institute of Medicine published the report "To Err is Human" revealing up to 98,000 people a year die due to mistakes in hospital. Measures have been taken in attempt to avoid these errors yet the numbers are rising. Death is part of life. We all die sooner or later. Losing someone you love does hurt. Instead of focusing on the death numbers and pointing fingers we need to unite, support those who are grieving and work toward solutions for a better tomorrow. As Norman Cousins stated, "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."


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