What 240,000 Covid Deaths Look Like

by Bob Schwartz

1,000 matchsticks

Right now there at least 240,000 Covid deaths and 10 million Covid cases counted in America. Without major behavioral and policy interventions, there may be 400,000 deaths and 1 million cases a week by the end of year. Yet some governors insist on staying the course, and some people think that even the current restrictions are too much.

It is of course not appropriate to show images of 240,000 dead Americans in this post. So matchsticks will stand in their stead.

Each pile below includes about 1,000 matchsticks. Shown are 10,000. Multiply by 24. Or 40. Do the math and imagine.

The expression goes: Some people, you just can’t tell them. Maybe we can show them.