idtracking.com/data">11.37 million known coronavirus cases in the country (as of Nov. 19, 2020). New cases in the U.S. have officially topped150,000 a day
(a record number), andexperts warn
that things could only get worse as we move into the colder months. Whether we like it or not, it seems the pandemic will continue to dominate headlines and affect our daily lives for months to come.
While many of us feel the burden the global pandemic has had on our day-to-day lives, those challenges often pale in comparison to the toll the coronavirus has taken on the country’s health care system. Hundreds of thousands of patients have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Health care workers have administered 171.9 million coronavirus tests (as of Nov. 19, 2020). These numbers don’t include the countless number of hours doctors and nurses have poured into the rehabilitation and recovery of COVID-19 patients who face long-lasting symptoms like heart and respiratory issues or joint pain.
On Nov. 18, the U.S. hit the tragic milestone of 250,000 deaths from the virus. "Lost on the Frontline," a partnership between The Guardian and Kaiser, tracks the number of health care worker deaths in the U.S. As of Nov. 19 that number reached 1,396.
To demonstrate just how difficult the past 300 days have been for health care workers in this country, Stacker compiled a collection of 50 incredible images showcasing the United States’ health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the early days of the virus’ spread to photos taken during the second wave, these pictures illustrate just how tirelessly frontline medical personnel have worked to curb this virus, care for the sick, and overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. Clicking through these images, it’s clear that we owe these professionals a debt of gratitude for the incredible work they’ve done—and a reckoning for the lack of hazard pay and structural support, and for the amount trauma so many continue to endure.
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