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by Dr. C.H. Weaver M.D. 3/2020

The World Health Organization officially declared the 2020 Corona virus (COVID-19) a pandemic and while China appears to be recovering the rest of the world is now on “lockdown” Although the story is not yet over, the current Coronavirus pandemic compares relatively favorably to other pandemics. The story of course is not over and the situation continues to worse.

Spanish flu: 1918: The influenza pandemic referred to as the “Spanish Flu” killed more than 50 million people worldwide. The virus is the deadliest of the 20th century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and it was responsible for more than 670,000 deaths in the United States. Overall one-third of the world's population became infected with the virus. In October 1918 alone, the flu killed around 195,000 Americans, according to the CDC and the pandemic lowered the average life expectancy in the U.S. by more than 12 years.

Swine flu: The swine flu began in 2009 with an influenza virus known as H1N1. The virus was first detected in the U.S. and spread quickly. Around 61 million cases were reported between April 2009 and April 2010, according to the CDC and more than 575,000 people died from the illness.

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Asian flu: The “Asian flu: began in east Asia in 1957, hence its name. According to the CDC the H2N2 strain was first discovered in Singapore before cases were reported in Hong Kong and the U.S. Overall, it killed 1.1. million people, including 116,000 Americans.

Hong Kong flu: The 1968 pandemic killed an estimated 1 million people -- 100,000 in the U.S. Most of the deaths were people age 65 or older. The outbreak was the third influenza pandemic to occur in the 20th Century. The illness emerged from a virus, called H3N2, which is suspected to have evolved from a strain that caused the Asian flu.

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