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Thursday, August 13, 2020

The increase in deaths in New York City during the early months of the covid-19 pandemic rivals the death toll there at the peak of the 1918 flu pandemic, according to an analysis published Thursday. The comparison, published online in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, found that the number of deaths from all causes was roughly equal during the two peak months of the flu epidemic and the first 61 days of the current outbreak.



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The H1N1 flu pandemic eventually killed 50 million people a century ago, about 675,000 of them in the United States. The current pandemic has claimed at least 746,000 lives worldwide, about 162,000 of them in the United States, according to a tally kept by The Washington Post.

"For anyone who doesn't understand the magnitude of what we're living through, this pandemic is comparable in its effect on mortality to what everyone agrees is the previous worst pandemic," said Jeremy S. Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston who led the team that conducted the data review.

The current outbreak has seen a more dramatic rise in "excess deaths" - the number of fatalities above what would be expected in a normal year. With better medical care, public health, hygiene and medicines such as antibiotics, New York typically has about half the death rate of a century earlier - about 50 per person-month instead of 100. So the current outbreak has quadrupled the death rate, while the flu pandemic nearly tripled it.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-13 02:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wait till the country goes into fall.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2020-08-13 02:26 PM | Reply

We finally have our answer.

1918 is when America was Great.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-13 03:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Death's hand starts to weave. Your havin' a good time baby, but that won't last. Your mind's all full of things,your livin' too fast. Death's hand starts to weave.waa waa, wa wa waaa. wa,wa wa waa. Waa waa, wa wa waaa,wa wa wa waaa. Wa.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-08-14 12:23 AM | Reply

Trump: Spanish flu? Sounds kinda Mexican. TrumpVirus can definitely double or triple those numbers. Just need to convince more rubes to walk around without masks licking doorknobs and refusing to vote by mail. Where's Kemp, DeSatanist and the rest of the GOP to help me rile up some morons?

#5 | Posted by censored at 2020-08-14 12:24 AM | Reply

source please.

#6 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-08-14 07:31 AM | Reply


"The Spanish Flu was a hoax, too? Who knew?"

#7 | Posted by anton at 2020-08-14 07:34 AM | Reply

CDC: Survivors of COVID-19 have up to three months of immunity

...Those who recover from the coronavirus could be immune for up to three months, guidance posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Why it matters: This is the agency's first public acknowledgement that an infected individual's immunity can last for a specific timeframe.

I don't look at this as particularly good news....

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-08-14 03:54 PM | Reply

I don't look at this as particularly good news.... #8 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Watch the solution for the development of a successful long term immunity vaccination be in stem cell research, adding another layer of political intrigue.

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-14 04:10 PM | Reply

@#9 ... a successful long term immunity vaccination be in stem cell research ...

Are any of the vaccines currently under development of that genre?

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-08-14 05:03 PM | Reply

It's just the flu. Nobody dies from that. "Trump"

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-08-15 09:33 AM | Reply

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