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Filmmaker Introduces Trump COVID Death Clock in Times Square

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has put on a billboard a “Death Clock” that is designed to show the number of lives lost due to a delayed response to the coronavirus. The clock has reached over 48,000. The clock was put on display in the middle of New York City’s Times Square.   Jarecki based his tally on data that says that 60 percent of coronavirus deaths would have been avoided if the Trump administration would have happened sooner. The data says that if the Trump administration had put in place social distancing and closed schools a week earlier that the death toll would be much lighter.

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There is also a website called Trump Death Clock which has a message. The message states that Trump was warned back in January that,  “immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19.” It also highlights that Dr. Fauci stated that  “there was a lot of pushback to his advice.” The message goes on to say “President Trump declined to act until March 16. Epidemiologists now estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60 percent of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided.”

 

Epidemiologists, Britta Jewell, and Nicholas Jewell both expressed this same belief in an article for The New York Times.  Jarecki stated to the Washing Post that a  “powerful statement” could be made if the clock “could be displayed on billboards and projected on buildings in cities and small towns across America.” He added, “This would begin to honor those who lost their lives and, in their memory, demand more responsive and responsible leadership.”

 

With the US hitting a death toll of  80,684 on Tuesday, one has to wonder if the death clock is right about 48,668 being lost due to a slow response.

 

 



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