Live updates: U.S. death toll nears 250,000 in wake of deadliest day since early May

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November 19, 2020 at 12:11 AM ESTLink copiedAmerica’s 250,000 covid deaths: People die, but little changesBy Marc Fisher, Shayna Jacobs and Pam KelleyFrom the start of the pandemic, public health officials and many political leaders hoped that covid’s frightening lethality — the death toll will hit 250,000 this week — might unite the country in common cause against the virus’s spread.But the nation’s deep divisions — political and cultural — as well as the virus’s concentrated impact on crowded urban areas in the early months, set the country on a different path.Now, more than eight months into a pandemic that shows no sign of abating, it has become clear that although close experiences with covid-19 do change some people’s attitudes, many Americans stick to their original notions, no matter what sorrows they’ve seen, no matter where they live.

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