Life in the Time of COVID-19, or: Death Toll Rises as 2020 Comes to an End

Image: COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Currently, the temperature is 70˚F (21˚C) under partly sunny skies; with the wind blowing from the east southeast at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 88%, the feels-like temperature is 70˚F (21˚C). The forecast for today calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 82˚F (28˚C). Tonight, we can expect partly cloudy skies and a low of 67˚F (19˚C).

Though it’s already January 1, 2021 across the International Date Line, here in the Eastern Time Zone of North America we still have some 15 hours before we can say that 2020 – this anno horriblis – is over and in the collective rearview mirror of humanity. As I write this, I am saddened by the fact that as I write this, thousands of my fellow human beings are dying from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world since late last year and killed 1,807,922 men, women, and children – 342,314 of them in the United States alone.

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I know that New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are supposed to be festive occasions – thoughts of out with the old, in with the new, champagne toasts at midnight, and choruses of “Auld Lang Syne” come to mind. But this pandemic – and the current President’s criminally-inept response to the public health crisis in the U.S. – is affecting everyone in all sorts of ways, and the situation continues to worsen.

Consider this story, US sets daily Covid-19 death record for the second straight day. Another 80,000 could die in next 3 weeks, new forecast says  from

(CNN) – As 2020 nears its end, the US still is setting one-day records for Covid-19 deaths and the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals.

More than 3,740 coronavirus deaths were reported Wednesday in the US, the most reported in a single day during the pandemic and the second straight day that record was set, Johns Hopkins University data show.

And the outlook is grim for January. More than 80,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 over the next three weeks, a new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ensemble forecast projects — offering a stark reminder the nation is still facing challenging times.

The new prediction comes amid ongoing vaccine distributions — a rolloutexperts say has been slower than they’d hoped. Vaccines will only make any meaningful impact once they’re widely available to the public, possibly not until summertime, experts have said.

Seriously, Dear Reader. It’s hard to get into “It’s a new year, so let’s party!” mode when you live in a country that is supposedly the “greatest nation on Earth” and allegedly blessed by “the best healthcare system in the world,” yet leads the world in the most active cases of COVID-19  – and the most pandemic-related deaths.

Yesterday, in Los Angeles, actor Dawn Wells, who is best known for playing Mary Ann Summers for three seasons on the CBS sitcom Gilligan’s Island, died from complications caused by COVID-19. She was 82.

Yesterday, in Tampa, a 49-year-old nurse-practitioner who worked for the county jail died after battling the virus for two weeks.

Per Tampa’s Fox 13 News’ Nurse practitioner for Hillsborough County jail dies from COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. – Loved ones and the community are remembering a Tampa flight nurse and nurse practitioner who died after battling COVID-19 since before Thanksgiving.

Steven Neher was 49-years-old and was working as a nurse practitioner at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Falkenburg Road Jail when he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

His death comes as a surprise to friends and family who say he was healthy, with no underlying conditions, but after a few weeks of battling the virus, his condition quickly worsened.

 And yet, I still keep seeing conspiracy theories and “no mask for me” comments such as this one on Facebook:

The mass media keeps ignoring and hiding important facts and truths about what’s really going on in the world with Covid and who is behind it.

The CDC was and is definitely responsible for its CREATION because it had EXCLUSIVE patents on its study INCLUDING its study in Wuhan which they funded and directed.

The research on Covid which resulted in this “surprise” pandemic (as Fauci somehow “predicted” in 2017) was orchestrated by the CDC, NIH and backed by Gates and big Pharma including PFIZER ( see “vaccine”).

Figure it out, people, there are high crimes and treasons going on here resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths (allegedly) that aren’t being investigated! WTH!!!

The most shocking part of this whole Covid charade is why those who are sworn to protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic are not investigating.

Make no mistake, we have foreign and DOMESTIC TRAITORS destroying America under the guise of public health and safety.

An investigation aimed at those responsible for the development and spread of Covid should be the only main front page news! The fact that it isn’t news at all should make everyone suspicious.

Instead, all we hear about is a death count to promote fear and other political smoke and mirrors meant to distract us and hide the truth about this planned Covid genocide and globalist coup to enslave the world.

I can’t believe how stupid and naive some people are and that’s just what these TRAITORS and MURDERERS are counting on with their globalist agenda to obtain fascist control.

Live free or die! That’s what it’s coming down to.

It’s lunacy of this sort that has contributed to the rising death toll from COVID-19.

I’ll try to be in a good mood today because – speaking from personal experience – it’s not nice to be around someone who is angry and bitter all the time. But I think I’ll celebrate once Donald J. Trump leaves the White House in less than three weeks.


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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