The “Press Room” host marked this heartbreaking milestone by sharing the stories of just a few of the 500,000 victims.
“We have to remember the people we have lost,” said Keilar, who was also overcome with emotion on air last month as he read the final text messages between the victims and their families.
Keilar acknowledged on Monday the strain the coronavirus pandemic had placed on people.
“I know it’s difficult. I hear it from so many of you. I know you are tired. I know you are being tapped, ”she said. “The quarantine, the hope that it would go away only to realize that it wouldn’t be anytime soon, the difficulty in making ends meet, the worry that if this is the day you might have a fever or start coughing, working while you home school your children, being afraid of seeing your grandparents, being afraid of seeing your grandchildren, knowing that there is a vaccine that you and your loved ones cannot not yet get it, you have mental health issues. And for nearly 500,000 Americans this year, they lost their lives. “
“It’s a collective loss. We take advantage of this moment to recognize it, ”she added. “You are not alone. And if you are lucky enough to have some fuel left in your tank today, it is a good day to remind someone in your life that you are there for them. .
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