The town in which I live is only about 13,000 people and is one of the biggest in this sparsely populated part of New England. It is, however, part of something called a micropolitan area (and yes, I had to look that up), and our micropolitan area is actually the largest such area in the United States, based on population. It includes many counties and two states. This statistical area is made up of approximately 216,000 inhabitants.
COVID has now killed over 250,000 Americans.
Yes, that is quite a bit more than every man, woman and child in the largest non-metropolitan area in the country. When numbers get so big, it is difficult to mentally process them. 250,000 is “a lot” but… can you really wrap your head around it? Imagining that for some reason I am the only person left alive in this large area… it is shocking. It is so other. It is the start of a Netflix series.
Edited to add: The latest number of worldwide deaths is recorded as 1.34 million, and of course that has to be taken with a grain of salt because of the way reporting has been done and even prohibited from being done. New Hampshire has a population of 1.36 million. Maine is 1.34, and Vermont is 624,000.