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My father among the 341,000: Making sense of personal loss in a year defined by hard-to-fathom numbers

My father among the 341,000: Making sense of personal loss in a year defined by hard-to-fathom numbers
The hardest part of returning to work as a journalist in April, after my father died of COVID, was the headlines.

That month, when New York was the epicenter of the world’s coronavirus outbreak, numbers dominated: the number infected, hospitalized, intubated, dead.My father, George Varghese, died early on the morning of April 13, one of 778 people lost to the virus in New York that day, anonymously included in one of those headlines.In May, when the national death toll hit 100,000, the New York Times put the names of 1,000 COVID victims on its front page.The hardest part of returning to work as a journalist in April, after my father died of COVID, was the headlines.

We’re still being inundated with numbers even as politicians celebrate the advent of a vaccine, the first approved dose of which was administered at the hospital where my father died.Romy Varghese, with her parents, in an undated photo.

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