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COVID-19 has actually now killed a minimum of 675,000 Americans, a death toll that has actually surpassed the quotes of the number of Americans who died throughout the 1918 influenza pandemic, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
from 1918 during the flu pandemic. Best one: “Do not disregard the advice of a specialist just because you do not understand”. pic.twitter.com/ygMa9Qp3J9
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) September 12, 2021
Still, the practically incomprehensible loss harkens back to a time when medicine and innovation were far less advanced than they are today.
A client is raised into an ambulance in St. Louis during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918.
The AIDS pandemic of the 1980s remains the most dangerous of the 20th Century, declaring the lives of 700,000 Americans.
According to History.com, in 1918, Philadelphias mayor stated a popular annual parade might be held, and an approximated 200,000 people attended. In less than 2 weeks, more than 1000 local citizens were dead. In St. Louis, public events were prohibited, theaters and schools closed, and the death toll there was one eighth of Philadelphias.
In 1918, the United States didnt have access to a vaccine, or near real-time tools to trace the spread and interact the risk.
In some methods, the US has actually stopped working to gain from the errors of the past.
There are many resemblances in between the 2 pandemics. In the spring of 1918, when the very first wave of influenza hit, the US and its allies were nearing success in Europe in World War I. Just this summer the US has actually ended its longest war, the dispute in Afghanistan, as COVID cases rise.
In both pandemics, medical facilities and funeral homes were makeshift and overrun centers were opened where area was available. Mask requireds were set up; schools, theaters and churches closed; and social distancing was encouraged.
We’re now hitting 2,000 deaths per day and looks like COVID19 will once again become the leading cause of death on a daily basis in America. By Mon Tues this week we’ll likely exceed the number of Americans who died in the 1918-21 flu pandemic (675,000) https://t.co/ujzGGmAca3
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) September 19, 2021
As is the case today, various jurisdictions took different actions to combat the pandemic and some were more successful than others.
” A lot of the mistakes that we absolutely fell into in 1918, we hoped we would not fall under in 2020,” epidemiologist Stephen Kissler, PhD, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told CNN. “We did.”
Simply as in 1918, America has continued to fan the flames of the epidemic by unwinding limitations too quickly and counting on unproven treatments. Poor communication allowed younger individuals to feel that they would not always face the worst consequences of the virus, contributing to an incorrect sense of security in the age that was fueling the spread.
The raw numbers match, epidemiologists point out that 675,000 deaths in 1918 was a much greater proportion of the population. In 1918, the US population was 105 million, less than one third of what it is today.
The 1918 epidemic is often called the “Spanish Flu”, there is no universal agreement concerning where the infection came from, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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