September 21, 2021

COVID-19 Has Now Killed About As Many Americans As The 1918-19 Spanish Flu Pandemic

Anthony Tilghman
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More than 676,000 Americans have died due to the covid-19 epidemic, topping the reported number of deaths in the United States during the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic. The U.S. population was only a third of what it is currently a century ago, implying the flu carved a considerably wider and more devastating swath across the nation.

However, the coronavirus pandemic is a massive tragedy in itself, particularly given tremendous improvements in scientific understanding and the failure to utilize vaccines fully. Unlike a century ago, vaccines are now readily accessible. But due to widespread aversion to vaccination, spurred in part by unfounded fears regarding effectiveness and safety, 36% of U.S. citizens aged 12 and up have yet to obtain full vaccination.

‘Big areas of American society- and, unfortunately, their leaders- have tossed this aside,’ Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, stated. If persons were socially isolated, the White House predicted 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the Coronavirus. Donald Trump, who incorrectly anticipated the Covid-19 would just disappear, witnessed the lower end of this projection being met in May last year, with the higher death toll hitting in November.

As per Johns Hopkins University, a spike in fatalities in the spring of 2020 was eclipsed by a greater surge of fatalities in the winter, with a staggering 4,197 individuals dying on one day, January 13, 2020. The deployment of vaccines has managed to decrease the number of mortalities since Joe Biden assumed office. However, it began to rise again in August because of the emergence of the virus’s highly deadly Delta strain.

The Spanish Flu epidemic, which ravaged the world four times between 1918 and 1919, claimed the lives of an estimated 675,000 Americans before dying out. According to University of Washington modeling, an additional 100,000 Americans are predicted to die between now and the end of 2021, bringing the total death toll in the United States to roughly 776,000 by January 1, 2022.

Given fragmentary records from the era and a lack of scientific comprehension of what triggered the illness, the death toll from the Spanish flu in the United States is an estimate. Much as the past pandemic, the actual death toll of Coronavirus could be far higher compared to the recorded number of fatalities. Besides, like the Spanish flu, Covid-19 might not ever completely vanish. Scientists expect it will become a minor periodic bug as human immunity improves due to vaccination and recurrent infections.

Earlier in 2021, the United States, along with Israel and the United Kingdom, took a huge lead over the rest of the globe by having one of the highest vaccination rates. However, vaccinations against Coronavirus in the United States have virtually reached a halt, with other nations around the globe gaining ground in recent months.

Despite improving vaccination rates, it appears that covid-19 will probably kill many more Americans before the outbreak is gone. On Monday, the United States recorded 208,713 new cases of Coronavirus, with 2,262 new fatalities. These shocking figures are driven entirely by unvaccinated Americans who are aiding propagate the delta variant.

On a global scale, mass migrations and jet travel are also greatly threatening to enhance the toll on the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a free vaccine accessible to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and if you have not obtained it yet, you should. You no longer have any justifications- make a trip to the pharmacy and obtain a shot!

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