This is heartbreaking but not unexpected. People know when they go into certain occupations that they are taking on higher risk, and this is in fact what sometimes draws them. I know I am taking this risk because I can and many others cannot. My 4th son was seeking some adventure and adrenaline rush when he enlisted in the USMC. There was probably some prove-my-masculinity motive in there as well. But I absolutely take him at face value when he said he was thinking of the very few people who stepped in to protect him from his drunken abusive parents in Romania, and tied that directly to the idea "I want to fight for people who can't fight for themselves." I am old and tearing up at everything now, but I still get misty at this. He is my most knuckleheaded, poor-judgement son - by far - but still has these shining moments that shame me.
Researchers found that those working protective service occupations had the highest COVID-19 death rate of any occupation, at 60.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. That was more than twice as high as overall workers’ COVID-19 death rate in 2020, which was 28.6 per 100,000
We (by which I mean conservatives, here) maybe got too focused on what effect the government actions had on things, rather than on what effect the disease itself had. The government did come down heavily in ways that hurt some sectors unnecessarily and unfairly. Yet sometimes it was the disease, not the government. People went to bars and restaurants less - and they still are - of their own caution, not because of the government. The government did not close those bars, Covid itself did. International travel is still way down, even though it is now allowed. And frankly, The Chinese Communist Party should still be at the back of your thoughts in all these discussions more than Biden or Fauci. We focus on them because they are nearer and we are more likely to be able to do something about them.