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Putting a face on COVID-19

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More than 5.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States since February and more than 169,000 people have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Worldwide, more than 770,000 have died. The death toll is still climbing and is on track to hit at least 300,000 in the United States alone before the end of the year, according to some estimates.
Each dot on a graph represents a person — a father or mother, a husband or wife, a coworker or front line worker, a child, a college friend, a fellow parishioner. There are so many heart-wrenching stories of death as well as inspiring stories of survival — right here in the Arlington diocese.
The fallout of this insidious disease will be felt for a long time, from the economy to health care, education, sports, churches and the legacies of families.
Beyond the numbers and analysts’ predictions of the long-term effects of the pandemic, see the faces and read the stories of those affected by the virus at the links below.

Jennifer Argueta "Cares for her family alone"

The Prescott family was "Together at the hour of death" as they said goodbye to the family matriarch

Moises Diaz "Thought he wasn't going to make it" after a monthlong battle with COVID-19

After Kevin Eppard contracted COVID-19, "Medical, family support aided his recovery at home"

Nina Matias is still "Very far from being OK" after losing her husband Mon to the pandemic

St. John Neumann parish nurse Susan Infeld talks about "Families facing the fallout" of COVID-19



© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020