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    • I’m a big fan of Scott Galloway and yet I hate to be Debbie Downer but this is truly stunning:

      I didn’t realize that deaths/day is far higher for Covid than WWII or even the civil war. I wonder what it was during the Spanish Flu epidemic?

    • Somewere here on Cake I was ruminating about the death rates predicted last spring by Dr Fauci or CDC or NY Times, and I realized if we lose about 200.000+ souls this year, we will lose about half as many as was lost in WW II in about 1/4 of the time - 1 year versus 4 years.

      I drove through a couple state parks today looking for a safe dark space for shooting the Perseids - but the parks were packed to the gills with people, packed closely together, all mask free, except for a few older folks who apparently got the governor's message. "Mask up Hoosiers!!"

      I'll go out again tomorrow and scout some more. It looks like rain next week anyway.

    • But, what are the deaths per day, per capita (percentage) for the referenced events?

      That stat might skew the graphic in a different, yet meaningful way.

      And a single death is one too many. But, some of those events required the ultimate sacrifice by those protecting our country and way of life (and some did not).

    • Deaths per day per 100,000 population numbers I haven't seen, but I suspect the Civil War would still be out in front - the US population then was 31 million, which included almost 4 million slaves - so the population of the US in 1860 was less than 10% of the current population.

      I do know that the current population of Indiana is 6.7 million, but was only about ~988,000 in 1850. Indiana lost almost 25,000 lives to military deaths in the Civil War.

      Out of 6.7 million we've only lost about 2,838 to Covid 19. So far.

    • What I was thinking.

      My mom had her PhD in American history, specifically the revolutionary period. But she had considerable interest about The War Between the States.

      She stated many times the loss of life during the Civil War was astounding due to the advancement of weapons and utilization of decades old tactics not keeping up with the threat. While at the same time ushering in trauma medicine relating to battlefield injuries. While the numbers of lives saved due to battlefield medicine were probably negligible in the 1860s compared to lives lost, today medical/trauma personnel save many lives subjected to horrific battlefield injuries if treatment is started within the "Golden Hour".