Wednesday, October 20, 2021

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 1918 Flu Pandemic

The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 675,000 on Monday, overtaking the estimated number of Americans dead from the 1918 flu pandemic.

For a country of roughly 328 million people, that death toll means that roughly 1 in 500 Americans have died from the coronavirus.

But the U.S. population was much smaller over a century ago, so the 1918 flu had a higher death rate.

Still, the delta coronavirus variant that took hold of the country in the summer months led to a massive fourth wave of the pandemic. About 2,000 Americans are dying from the virus on average each day.

And while experts debate whether booster shots are needed, over 36% of the country hasn’t received a single dose of vaccine yet, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Globally, the coronavirus has claimed about 4.7 million lives, though that death toll is considered to be an undercount.


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