COVID Has Officially Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu in 1918

The 1918 influenza pandemic ravaged the world, causing a death toll estimated at 50 million to 100 million, and if that didn’t sound like much, we’re talking about 3 to 6 percent of the world’s population at the time. The pandemic became known as the “Spanish flu” or the “Spanish Lady” after heavy news coverage in Spain, while it was actually a global epidemic. Luckily, the current COVID-19 pandemic has a long way to reach such numbers worldwide. 

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, however, has surpassed the estimated death toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic that was “previously” considered America’s most lethal pandemic in its history, according to data shared by Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll has passed 676.000 in the United States


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