Pandemic has exposed nation’s vulnerabilities and dangerous divide

The marker of 100,000 deaths comes less than three months after the first American was reported to have died. The people most ravaged are those whose suffering often is unseen — the elderly, African Americans and working poor.

A numbers-obsessed Trump is uncharacteristically silent on this bleak milestone

The president’s public schedule this week contains no special commemoration, no moment of silence, no collective sharing of grief.
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Faces of the dead: How they lived and what was lost

Those remembered here show the outbreak’s sweeping impact on our communities, culture and workplaces.

Embracing a new reality: Virus may never go away — even with a vaccine

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The pandemic could last for years. Embracing that reality is crucial to the next phase of America’s pandemic response. Experts urge leaders and the public to start thinking long-term.

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