Moment of Silence Held Outside US Capitol

Moment of Silence Held Outside US Capitol

( – The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for nearly two years. Sadly, the United States hit a new virus-related milestone recently. And a bipartisan group of lawmakers took some time out of their day to acknowledge it.

On Tuesday, December 14, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers held a candlelight vigil at the Capitol. The lawmakers decided to hold a moment of silence after Johns Hopkins University noted the US death toll hit 800,000.

Although the COVID-19 vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and other treatments have slowed the death rate, roughly 200,000 of them occurred since the medicine improved. The number of people who have died from the virus since the pandemic’s beginning is comparable to the roughly 650,000 Americans who die every year from heart disease. Another 600,000 lose their lives annually to cancer.

A lot of focus has been on COVID-19 and its death toll. Americans have done their best to reduce the spread of the virus. But doctors report treatments for other diseases have fallen by the wayside, possibly contributing to even more deaths.

America mourns with the 800,000 families who lost their loved ones to the virus and all the others who have died from heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses.

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