NEW DELHI: The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.
Its not just a number. Its human beings. Its people we love, said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to COVID-19 in February.
Its our brothers, our sisters. Its people we know, he added. And if you dont have that human factor right in your face, its very easy to make it abstract.
The bleak milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Jerusalem or Austin, Texas. It is…