The New York Times Hopes To Highlight “Vastness And  Variety” Of Covid-19 Outbreak

While the Covid-19 pandemic has hit most countries around the world, the US remains the nation hardest hit with more than 1.6 million reported patients to date.

As the country approaches its 100,000 death linked to the coronavirus, The New York Times (NYT) paid tribute to those who lost their lives in a rather unique way.

On Sunday (24 May), the US-based news publisher filled its entire front page with names of patients who succumbed to Covid-19 infections.

Here’s a look:


The New York Times pays tribute to 1,000 Covid-19 victims

According to The Guardian, the patients’ names, as well as their details, were taken from obituaries and death notices from across the country.

Each patient reduced to one-liner eulogies, the project was meant to highlight the “vastness and variety of the tragedy“.

The sub-heading was also a sombre reminder of how real the Covid-19 threat is:

They Were Not Simply Names on a List. They Were Us.

As of Sunday (24 May), over 98,000 Americans lives have perished as a result of the coronavirus.

The list of names doesn’t just end on the front page — it continues on the pages that follow too.

In total, 1,000 names were printed as part of the project — just around 1% of the patients who died in the US.

Covid-19 affects people from all walks of life

75-year-old Mr Fred Gray from Benton Country Washington was one of the victims who NYT paid tribute to.


Like most of us, he enjoys having his bacon and hash brown crispy. Sadly, he’ll never have it again after succumbing to the virus on 20 Mar.

Fred Walter Gray, 75, Benton County, Wash., liked his bacon and hash browns crispy

59-year-old Mike Field from New York was a first responder during the 9/11 attacks. He tragically passed away due to Covid-19 complications on 8 Apr.

Mike Field, 59, Valley Stream, N.Y., first responder during the 9/11 attacks

Described as a helpful and selfless individual, Mr Field also volunteered with pet rescue projects and other non-profit organisations.


Ms Ann Sullivan, 91, was involved in the animation of well-known Disney films like The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch, and Lion King.


While she may no longer be with us, we have no doubts that her creations will continue to entertain and inspire many around the world.

Ann Sullivan, 91, Woodland Hills, Calif., animator for Disney films, including “The Little Mermaid”.

May they rest in peace

Kudos to NYT for coming up with such an ingenious project paying tribute to those who have passed on due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We hope this also serves as an effective reminder for readers about the magnitude of the pandemic and hope they’ll do everything they can to help ongoing containment efforts.

MS News offers our heartfelt condolences to friends and family of everyone who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. May they rest in peace.

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