(Washington D.C.) The number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has officially surpassed the death toll from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
John Hopkins University reports more than 675,446 Americans have died since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than the estimated 675,000 flu deaths from 1918 and 1919.
Those numbers don’t tell the whole story – the U.S. had just 100 million people in 1918, meaning the death toll was roughly 1 in 150 people, vs. 1 in 500 for COVID-19.
And globally, the 1918 pandemic caused more than 50 million deaths around the world – while the worldwide COVID death toll is about 4.7 million.
Missouri is closing in on 12 thousand deaths related to COVID.