535,000 faces

In the first year of the global pandemic, COVID-19 killed around 535,000 Americans, a number that defies comprehension. This website is intended to help visitors understand the massive scale of this event by putting a human face on each person lost. It is my hope that this will allow visitors to understand the death toll as more than just a number.

The faces on this page do not and have never existed. They were generated by a computer. They have been curated to provide a demographically accurate view of the actual covid-19 victims, accounting for age, race, and gender. You can read more about the making of this page here.

As you scroll, try to suspend your disbelief of these virtual images and consider the real person symbolized by each oneā€”the life they lived, the way they died, and the family they left behind.