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Letter: Those who die due to COVID-19 should be honored as heroes

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Deseret News

I am a 70-year-old reader of the Deseret News and always read the obituaries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been aware of the numbers reported by authorities of those who have died as victims of this disease. Yet I have been aware of the lack of reporting this as cause of death in the obituaries. I have even noticed some obituaries have specifically mentioned the person did not die of COVID-19, as if this is something to be ashamed of.  

In my opinion, those who have died of COVID-19 should be treated and respected much like we would a solider who died in battle, or those who have died fighting other sicknesses like cancer. I realize that many who have died also had other health issues that made their own personal battle more difficult. I have wondered if their cause of death is reported as one of those conditions and not as COVID-19.

In my opinion, COVID-19 victims are not only fathers and mothers, grandparents and friends, but the heroes who laid down their lives in this war that has affected everyone on the planet.

Clark Yospe

Centerville