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 Recorded US death toll reaches that of 1918-19 flu

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HEALTH 21 September 2021

 

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Latest coronavirus news as of 11am on 21 September

The number of recorded US covid-19 deaths is now level with the estimated toll of the 1918-19 flu pandemic

More than 675,000 people in the US have died from covid-19, putting the epidemic on a par with the pandemic influenza of 1918-19. Globally, the 1918-19 flu is thought to have killed 50 million people. So far, there have been more than 4.6 million deaths from covid-19 worldwide.

The comparison between the impacts of covid-19 and the 1918-19 flu in the US reveals how deadly the virus still is in a country where just under 64 per cent of the population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and where an average of more than 1900 people are dying of covid-19 a day.

However, it isn’t possible to make accurate parallels between the two pandemics, both worldwide and specifically in the US, as the flu’s death toll is based on less precise records and poorer scientific understanding. Similarly, covid-19 death tolls worldwide are only estimates, as limited testing means not every fatal case is detected and recorded.

According to modelling by the University of Washington, a further 100,000 covid-19 deaths may occur in the US by the end of the year, raising the total death count to 776,000.

Yesterday, plans were announced to open up US borders in November to fully-vaccinated air travellers from the UK and most European Union countries. It is not yet clear whether this will include people who have received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, but will apply to people who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccines.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237475-covid-19-news-recorded-us-death-toll-reaches-that-of-1918-19-flu/#ixzz779BNvNK8

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