“That would mark the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918, when tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers died in World War I and hundreds of thousands of Americans died in a flu pandemic. Deaths rose 46% that year, compared with 1917.” US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted.

+ There was one continent that had escaped Covid’s wrath. But with the Chilean army reporting 36 cases at its Bernardo O’Higgins research station, the streak is over. Coronavirus spreads to Antarctic research station. That’s cold, Covid.