Salon: More than 400,000 Americans will soon be dead from the coronavirus pandemic, which by some standards could make 2020 the “deadliest year in U.S. history,” with a 15% increase in fatalities from 2019.
Public health experts have concluded that the actual number of people killed in the U.S. by the coronavirus is probably much higher. Many more Americans will have shortened lifespans from complications caused either directly by the virus or indirectly by the conditions of the pandemic.
The final year of Donald Trump’s presidency has had such a negative impact that U.S. birthrates are predicted to decrease in 2021.
Unless immediate relief is offered millions of Americans may face eviction. More than 10 million Americans are now at least $5,000 behind in rent payments. There are long lines for free food and other essentials in cities and towns across the country, and all regions of America are experiencing near-record levels of unemployment and underemployment.
The country’s already threadbare social safety net is about to collapse: In the midst of the holiday season, millions of Americans may not receive their unemployment benefits — perhaps even for several weeks — because of Trump’s unconscionable delay in signing the coronavirus relief bill.
By comparison, the very richest individuals and corporations have become even wealthier and more powerful during the pandemic, while average Americans (as well as many small businesses) face financial ruin and deprivation.
Trump has been at his Florida resort since before Christmas, playing golf, sabotaging relief efforts and waging a last-ditch campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Such behavior should not come as a surprise: Many of the country’s leading mental health experts have repeatedly warned that Trump is an apparent sociopath or psychopath who does not care if the American people live or die. read more..