The two years that were shaved off of the average life span undid two decades of progress in health, but in 2000, “it didn’t feel like we were living under a horrible mortality regime,” Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health] at UC Irvine, told me. “It felt normal.” … [He] thinks that COVID will kill fewer people per year than it has in the past two, but will probably still be more lethal than the flu, which sets a plausible and very wide range of somewhere between 50,000 and 500,000 annual deaths.
How did this many deaths become normal?
The Atlantic, March 8, 2022
March 8, 2022