The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

U.S. Covid Deaths Pass One Million

May 23, 2022

Last week, the official U.S. Covid-19 death toll passed one million. Two years ago, 100,000 was an unspeakable tragedy to news outlets like the New York Times—now, we have passed 10 times that many.

And as reported by the World Health Organization a few weeks ago, the number of people killed as a result of Covid is actually much higher than that.

One million is more than all U.S. soldiers who died in World Wars I and II combined. Nearly everyone knows someone who died from Covid-19. And many are filled with the anger of knowing that it did not have to go this way.

The Covid-19 death toll was not an act of nature. It is the result of a rotten health care system that protects profits first and foremost.

A stark illustration of that is a comparison with Australia. Australia’s Covid death rate is only one-tenth that of the U.S. One-tenth! That means, if the U.S. had Australia’s Covid death rate, over 900,000 people would still be alive today!

One main reason why Australia has a lower death rate is simply because it actually has a public health care system worthy of the name. But the U.S. chooses to pump up a for-profit system and to spend money on war to maintain its dominance around the world.

The U.S. health care apologists like to say that it has the “best health care in the world.” But how can that possibly be, when 900,000 people died needlessly from Covid-19 infections?

Those 900,000 deaths are blood on the hands of the U.S. capitalist class.