Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virus continues to take deadly toll on Americans

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EDITOR, TIMES-DISPATCH:

This past spring and several times since then, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert, said that the COVID-19 virus would come back with a vengeance this winter due to indoor gatherings, and people traveling for Thanksgivi­ng and Christmas holidays.

Fauci’s warning has come true.

President Donald Trump never has admitted that COVID-19 was a major pandemic that would take lives if not aggressive­ly fought. He dismissed it as similar to the flu. His reasoning: He did not want to panic the public. More than 272,000 Americans have died and more than 960,000 have been hospitaliz­ed.

Many citizens following Trump’s lead believe the coronaviru­s is a hoax as well. They do not take the necessary precaution­s, such as social distancing, wearing face masks and limiting social gatherings. This disregard and cavalier attitude has divided our country.

There now is a light at the end of the tunnel with new vaccines on the way, thus giving hope to everyone. The logistics and order of distributi­on are being worked out. However, it is said that many people will not take the vaccine when it becomes available.

COVID-19 has festered because the country has not had strong leadership at the top, no national plan and people not taking it seriously.

STEVE SEKERDY.

RICHMOND.

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