BROOKLYN COLLEGE–As the United States’ COVID-death toll peers over 500,000, and while vaccinations are steadily rolling out, many are surprised to see how drastically and swiftly the virus has affected the nation. For some Brooklyn College students and others, the growing figure will surely be one of the many aspects they will remember from their time living in a pandemic.
“Back in April when less people were dying, it meant something more. 500,000 is just too big to contemplate, it just makes me feel numb,” said Aida Dinerman Greenspan, a sociology major at BC. “I thought it would be over quickly, and I thought there would be a tiny death rate.”