The Actual Death Toll From the Pro-Trump Riot Won’t Be Known for Weeks

Many who stormed the Capitol in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic did not wear masks. Then they went back to D.C.’s hotels and shops.

Photo: Elvert Barnes

The pro-Trump mob pushed through barricades and climbed walls, smashed windows and carried away mementos of their invasion. They jostled through the halls of the U.S. Capitol, pressed together shoulder to shoulder, shouting and talking and laughing. And they did it all largely without masks during the deadliest pandemic in a century.

When insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, they may well have carried with them invisible weapons as dangerous as the firearms confiscated by officials. That day, the United States once again set a new record for both Covid-19 cases and deaths. Yet few of the dissenters took the precautions known to protect against the coronavirus. Instead, they attended rallies where they were exhorted to give hugs to strangers, they invaded a federal building and pushed lawmakers into dangerously close quarters, and then they decamped—many maskless—to hotels, restaurants, and shops in the Washington, D.C., area. Read more at The New Republic.

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