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Covid has now killed as many U.S. residents – about 675,000 people – as the 1918-19 Spanish flu did. More from AP:
A century ago, the U.S. population was only one-third what it is today, meaning the flu cut through a much larger, more deadly area across the country. However, the COVID-19 crisis in itself is a colossal tragedy, especially given the incredible advances in scientific knowledge since then and the failure to achieve maximum benefit from available vaccines this time.
“Large sections of American society – and worse yet, their leaders – have thrown it away,” said Dr Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, of the opportunity to vaccinate anyone fit so far.
COVID-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did – about 675,000. 1918-19 flu numbers are rough estimates. The population of the United States at that time was about a third of what it is today. https://t.co/07AY1140fQ