675,000 American Deaths: Coronavirus Now Deadlier Than The Spanish Flu
The U.S. reported 675,444 total confirmed coronavirus on Monday according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, surpassing the number of Americans believed to have died during the Flu of 1918 and making the coronavirus the most deadly pandemic in American history.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 675,000 Americans died between 1918 and 1919 of H1N1 virus that came to be called the Spanish Flu when Spanish media reported on it more than other countries that were fighting World War I.
It was the most deadly pandemic in U.S. history until Monday, when confirmed coronavirus deaths overtook the death toll for the Spanish Flu.
Coronavirus deaths surpassed the 1918 influenza deaths despite the development and distribution of safe and effective vaccines, which did not exist for the previous pandemic.
An estimated 50 million people around the world died of the Spanish Flu according to the CDC, while nearly 4.7 million coronavirus deaths were reported globally Monday.
Former President Donald Trump, who was still in office when the first cases of coronavirus were reported in the U.S. last year, frequently downplayed the severity of the virus. In early March, Trump said coronavirus “will go away” and told Americans to “just stay calm. It will go away.” On Trump’s final day in office, the U.S. death toll topped 400,000.
The grim milestone comes as the U.S. faces another wave of the pandemic. New coronavirus infections began picking up in early June after they had largely dropped earlier this year amid widespread vaccine distribution. Vaccination rates began falling in April. The CDC said last week that unvaccinated patients are 11 times more likely to die of coronavirus than people who are fully inoculated. Since the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. has been the hardest-hit country with more than 42 million confirmed coronavirus infections, more than any other nation. Experts believe the official count for coronavirus cases and deaths are an undercount and don’t reflect the true toll of the pandemic because coronavirus cases aren’t always correctly identified.
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