It is more people than can fit into the stands of Fenway Park. Or Wrigley Field.
It is actually higher than the capacity seating of 28 of Major League Baseball’s 30 stadiums (the exceptions: Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium)
It is more people than die in car wrecks in the United States each year.
It is higher than the number of annual Breast Cancer deaths in the U.S.
It is more than the median annual income for a full-time wage earner working forty hours per week.
It is more points by far than any professional basketball player has scored in an entire career.
It is three times the total population of Colonial Boston in 1770.
It is nearly twice the combined number of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles in the entire world.
It is far more than the number of species of fish in all the bodies of water in all the world.
It is more than three times the number of years humans have inhabited North America.
It is about as long ago as the Upper Paleolithic Age (read: Late Stone Age) began.
It is exactly the number of words people shoot for during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
It is more than Donald Trump’s vote margin in Pennsylvania in 2016, and more than his combined vote margins in Wisconsin and Michigan.
It is more Tweets than Donald Trump has dumped into the world since declaring his candidacy for the White House in June 2015.
It is, if you haven’t yet heard, the number of Covid-19 deaths in the United States as of this past Friday.
Given under-reporting and overly optimistic “back to work” orders, it is, quite likely, less than half what our nation’s total will be for this first wave.
Sorry to start the week on such a down note. But that’s where my thoughts have taken me.
Wishing all of you strength, courage, and good health.