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The numbers continue to rise

It will be no surprise to long-time readers of The Legal Genealogist that there have been far fewer posts to this blog in recent weeks.

Numbers like this are the reason why:

This graph, from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, is just stunning.1

It was just six days ago that the United States passed 160,000 deaths. Then, we were losing one American every 72 seconds.

Today — just six days later — we have crossed 166,000. At the latest rate we are losing one American every 57 seconds.

And using the population estimate of the United States from the U.S. Census Bureau of 329,135,084 as of 1 January 2020,2 one out of every 1981 Americans alive at the beginning of this year has died of coronavirus.

Like most Americans, I am doing my best to trudge forward through these difficult days. I wash my hands. Nothing — and I mean nothing — comes into this house without being wiped down. I do not go out of this house without a mask.

And like most Americans, no matter what I do personally, I am struggling. Trying hard to believe that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the headlight of an oncoming train.

Because these are sobering statistics indeed.

And there are still so many people out there who are willfully refusing to accept the facts.

I always fully understood that I may very well die someday of something stupid I have done.

But I will be thoroughly annoyed if I end up dying because of something stupid somebody else has done.

And I refuse to have something stupid I have done be the reason why someone else is lost.

Wash your hands.

Wear a mask.

Don’t be stupid.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Sobering statistics,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 13 Aug 2020).


  1. Cumulative Cases By Date,” Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center ( : accessed 13 Aug 2020).
  2. See “U.S. and World Population Clock,” U.S. Census Bureau ( : accessed 13 Aug 2020).
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