The number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 could exceed the number of deaths caused by the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
About 675,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the United States and scientists believe the virus will never go away completely.
Instead, experts hope it becomes a mild, seasonal insect as immunity builds up from vaccines and repeated infections.
“We hope it will be like a cold, but there is no guarantee,” said Emory University biologist Rustom Antia, who suggests an optimistic scenario in which it could happen over a few years.
Large swathes of America have seen an increase in the number of cases, with the total number of deaths rising to more than 1,900 per day – the highest level since early March.
There could be a further increase in winter, but not as deadly as last year, according to University of Washington projections.
The model predicts that about 100,000 more Americans will die of COVID-19[female[feminine on January 1, which would bring the American balance sheet to 776,000.
Although it’s called the Spanish Flu, the virus was first reported in March 1918 in Kansas and is believed to have killed 675,000 Americans, in a population one-third the size it is today.
Reports from Spain of people infected with the virus first appeared on May 21, 1918.
Globally, 50 million people have died at a time when the world’s population was 25% fewer than today.
Due to incomplete records and poor scientific understanding of the disease, the death toll is an estimate and the figure of 675,000 comes from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The virus erupted towards the end of World War I and IV, and the last wave occurred in the spring of 1920 in parts of New York City, Switzerland, Scandinavia and parts of North America. South.
More than 4.6 million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide.