BOSTON — The pain COVID-19 brings to thousands of families can be immediately felt by scrolling through the "FacesofCOVID" Twitter page. Its creator, Alex Goldstein, hopes the loss felt by others makes the pandemic feel more real than the numbers reported in statistical reports.
“They’re not household names. They’re not necessarily people you’ll ever hear of, but in their communities and corner of the world, they were the most important person on their block,” Goldstein said.
66-year-old Nona Johnson was that important person for her family in Skiatook, Okla. They did not want to speak, but write Johnson died from coronavirus on Oct. 29, and is one of the latest victims featured on Goldstein’s page.
NONA JOHNSON, 66 of Skiatook Oklahoma died of COVID on Oct. 29.— FacesOfCOVID (@FacesOfCOVID) November 16, 2020
"Nona was an amazing wife, mother to 3 fabulous girls & a grandmother & even a great grandmother. She was the piano player at her church & loved her church family. She'll be missed by so many"
Sent by her cousin. pic.twitter.com/miOrbxSbnn
“I don’t think we should accept that 250,000 people needed to die for us to be able to control this pandemic,” Goldstein said.
The COVID-19 dashboard by Johns Hopkins University puts the U.S. at 247,116 deaths, the highest in the world, as of Monday evening.
Goldstein tweets about the pain of those losses every day.
"It’s a way I never could’ve imagined connecting with people all over the country, expressing condolences one person at a time,” he said.
Goldstein is a small business owner in Boston. He created the ‘FacesofCOVID’ page in mid-March. Submissions to his page are accepted online.
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