Daryl Cagle is a political cartoonist. Back in March, he created an “infotoon” comparing the COVID-19 pandemic with other historic pandemics. Today he released an updated COVID-19 infotoon:
I decided to publish his infotoon not only because it provides needed perspective, but also because we here at Orange County Breeze have also tried (in a smaller and less creative way) to provide perspective. (See the graphic at the right comparing the number of deaths attributed to the Spanish flu pandemic and today’s count of deaths attributed to COVID-19. The difference between our numbers and Mr. Cagle’s numbers is likely due to a difference of sources and a difference in date.)
Click on the infotoon to read more “behind the easel” goodness. But just to prove that this point in history is way over-politicized, here is Mr. Cagle on the reaction of some to his first version of the infotoon:
I got some angry mail in response to this cartoon, from liberal readers who thought I was making the Trump administration’s argument, minimizing COVID-19 as a “small” concern, like “the flu.” That wasn’t my intent. I’ve thought about drawing another cartoon comparing the most common causes of death in the world. The most recent stats I can find are from the World Health Organization in 2016 where COVID-19 would come in just behind malaria, suicide and HIV/AIDS, and would have double the death total of homicide and malnutrition –but it would still be a tiny speck compared to cardiovascular disease and cancer, so it isn’t easy to draw.
I’m still thinking about it.