The United States recently record over 3,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, surpassing the total number of people killed on September 11th, 2001, but that was probably just the beginning of a very rough stretch of time.
We know we've already baked in a lot of deaths with a massive wave of infections over the past several weeks, but CDC Director Robert Redfield says we can expect that many of deaths every day for possibly as long as the next three months.
"We are in the timeframe now that probably for the next 60 to 90 days we're going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at Pearl Harbor," Dr. Robert Redfield said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, per The Hill.
Though a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer is seemingly on the verge of being approved in the US, Redfield suggested this would not have a major impact on the daily death toll over the next two months.
"The reality is the vaccine approval this week's not going to really impact that I think to any degree for the next 60 days," Redfield said.
On the low end this means we're looking at about 180,000 additional deaths over the next 60 days or possibly 210,000 over the next 90 days. And there will be days when deaths are lower or higher than the average, but this sounds right.
It occurred to me that based on the CDC director's timeline, this string of deaths will persist beyond Biden's inauguration and that means Republicans will start caring about it at that moment and no sooner.
Our death toll is already a day or two away from crossing 300,000 and the vast majority of the general public may not be vaccinated until next summer. I think we can infer that our death toll will cross 500,000 over the next six months unless we have another national lockdown of the economy. Whatever the Biden administration decides to do after taking office, a good chunk that number is already locked in by the current lack of leadership. The Trump regime has ensured there will be pain for months to come.
Future historians may ask why we didn't hang Trump.