COVID-19 has killed 4.7M so far in 221 countries and territories, while the deadly coronavirus disease has now taken the lives of nearly as many American people like the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did about 0.675 million.
According to John Hopkins University data, on Monday, the reported American deaths amid COVID-19 surpassed 0.675M, and are increasing at an average of over 1900 deaths daily. In addition, the country is presently experiencing yet a new wave of COVID-19 infections amid the surging highly contagious Delta variant.
NEW: U.S. coronavirus death toll hits 677,000, surpassing the number of Americans who died during the Spanish Flu pandemic
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Almost a century ago, the American population was only one-third of the present population, meaning the flu cut a much bigger, more deadly swath throughout the U.S. But the coronavirus disease crisis is by any measure a massive tragedy in its own right, particularly given the unbelievable advances in scientific understanding since then and the failure to extract the maximum of the jabs available now.
A medical historian Dr. Howard Markel, the distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at Michigan University, said that big pockets of United States society, and worse, their leaders, have thrown that away.
How Many Americans Died From Spanish Flu?
Like the Great Influenza epidemic, the COVID-19 pandemic might never wholly vanish from our midst. Instead, scientists anticipate it turns into a mild seasonal bug as human immunity bolsters through inoculation and repeated infection. Moreover, Rustom Antia, Emory University biologist, said that they expect it would be like catching a cold, but there is no guarantee.
Unfortunately, for now, the COVID-19 pandemic has America and other parts of the world dynamically in its jaws.
The Great Influenza pandemic killed fifty million people throughout the world at a time when the world population was one-quarter of the current population. World fatalities from coronavirus disease now are over 4.6M. The 1918 influenza pandemic’s United States death toll is a guess, given the incomplete records of the time and the poor scientific knowledge of what caused the illness. The 1918 flu pandemic came in three waves, spring 1918, the fall of 1918, and 1919 Spring killed nearly 675000, according to the U.S. CDC.
Dr. Howard Markel said this is the pandemic he would be studying and teaching to the coming generation of public-health students and doctors. Moreover, statisticians and health experts say that it is vital to consider the population when talking about disasters or outbreaks.
For example, in 1918, the American population was about one-third of today, with about 103M people living in the U.S. just before the 1920s. Now, the U.S. population is nearly 330M. That means the 1918 Spanish flu killed 1 in 150 Americans, compared with one in five hundred who have lost their lives amid COVID.