And the last two weeks of the crisis have been “the deadliest” of them all in the U.S., the news anchor noted, with more than 42,000 lives lost.
“Each one of these numbers is a story, it is a loved one, it is someone’s father, someone’s mother, someone’s daughter, someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s sister, someone’s friend,” said Keilar.
Watch the video below and read the National Geographic piece here.
"'We love you and we are with you. Mom is very worried, so keep fighting through this' ... That text went unanswered."@brikeilarcnn grows emotional sharing texts of Covid-19 victims.
"Several days later another: 'We are loving you.' That was a text one day before she died." pic.twitter.com/lPHr492DVI
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 15, 2021
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