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Stop Announcing Israel's Coronavirus Deaths

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Stop announcing the deaths from the coronavirus. There’s something very misleading about the nightly recitation of the names of the latest fatalities from the pandemic on prime-time news. It goes without saying that each and every person was an entire world to their loved ones. But the detailed reporting of each new death, its circumstances and the person’s full history, as if it were newsworthy on the national level, places disproportionate value on the life of each individual at the expense of the larger picture of public health.

Just imagine if throughout every winter, the evening news broadcasts opened with the number of people around the world who died from respiratory complications of the seasonal influenza virus. That number ranges from 290,000 to 650,000 each year. Just imagine if there were a giant digital display hanging over the talking heads in the studio, showing each new death. It would surely be quite frightening.........

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