The “Spanish” flu, caused by the H1N1 virus, is often compared in the West to COVID-19, since both pandemics followed a similar scenario: in 1918, hospitals and funeral homes were overcrowded, field hospitals were deployed, schools, churches and theaters were closed.
According to experts, in the two years of the Spanish flu epidemic, approximately 675,000 Americans have died. Thus, the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States was in second place in terms of the number of victims after the HIV / AIDS epidemic, which claimed the lives of about 700 thousand citizens.
Amid the widespread spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, an average of 1,900 people die every day in the United States. This is of great concern to epidemiologists, since over the past hundred years, the possibilities of medicine have become much greater: during the Spanish flu epidemic, there were no modern clinics with oxygen support, ventilators and medicines, and there was no mass vaccination.
“In 2020, we hoped that we would be able to avoid repeating the mistakes of 1918. But we did it (didn’t avoid it), ”said Stephen Kessler, an epidemiologist at Harvard University.
To date, the number of detected cases of COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded 229 million people, more than 4.7 million have died. The top three in terms of the number of cases are the United States, India and the United Kingdom. Russia is in ninth place: according to the federal headquarters, more than 7.2 million infected people have been identified in our country, 517 thousand patients have died.