Comprehending 500,000 coronavirus deaths. The pandemic toll, in charts.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. hit 500,000 Monday, an unimaginably tragic number.

Data tracked by Johns Hopkins University put the U.S. total at 500,071 Monday.

In Illinois that total represents more than the populations of Aurora, Naperville and Joliet combined, the state’s three largest cities after Chicago. If 500,000 people lined up 6 feet apart, the line would stretch from Chicago to Atlanta.

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