The 'Trump Death Clock' in Times Square May Be Coming to a City Near You - 2020-05-13
In the early hours Friday, those braving tourist-free Times Square were treated to an arresting sight: a white billboard projecting the words 'Trump Death Clock' in big black letters; underneath, a counter in red reading '44,809.' These are the deaths that, according to two of the world's leading epidemiologists, could have been avoided had the Trump administration acted just one week prior to March 16, when nationwide mitigation measures were first introduced to the public.
"I looked at those numbers and thought, just as the National Debt Clock warns us of the costs of reckless borrowing, we need a National Death Clock—in this case, a Trump Death Clock—to estimate and calculate the costs of reckless pandemic leadership by the president and his team," says filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, the creator of the clock.
According to Dr. Britta Jewell and Dr. Nicholas Jewell, "an estimated 90 percent of the cumulative deaths in the United States" from the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic could have been prevented had social-distancing guidelines been put in place on March 2, when the total U.S. death tally was 11, and "the effect would have been substantial had the policies been imposed even one week earlier, on March 9, resulting in approximately a 60 percent reduction in deaths."