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Two Hundred Thousand Dead

September 2020
Barbara Leeds

And counting

Doctors advise
Masking, social distancing, handwashing

President declares
Protective measures are for wimps
Virus will just disappear—like a miracle
Followers buy it

The people closer
The faces barer
My walks scarier

Tony Tenpenny, former Nashville councilman
Fervent follower, mask mocker
Bought it
On September 20

Four percent of world population
Twenty-one percent of world deaths
America: world leader?

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