The new coronavirus pandemic has now claimed the lives of more Americans than the Spanish flu pandemic (1918-19), according to data released Monday by Johns Hopkins University.
More than 675.700 people infected with the virus have died from the disease it causes in the United States, according to the latest report from the University of Baltimore, released yesterday at noon. SARS-CoV-2 cases have now exceeded 42 million in the USA.
According to historians as well as data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main federal public health service, the Spanish flu had claimed the lives of at least 50 million people worldwide, including 675.000 in the United States.
The Spanish flu pandemic thus lost the title of the deadliest in US history, which it maintained until yesterday.
Unlike COVID-19, the so-called Spanish flu was extremely deadly in the age range of people thought to be in good health: children under 5 and Americans aged 20-40.