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How does COVID-19 coronavirus compare to the 1918 Spanish flu?

By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNMar 9 2020

The world has seen outbreaks, with some worst than others, but one thing is common, all these outbreaks result in loss of life and a global health crisis. One of the worst epidemics in the world was the 1918 Spanish flu. Now, the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is being compared to the Spanish flu that ravaged the world more than a century ago.

The 1918 influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving the H1N1 influenza virus, infected 500 million people across the world, and estimates suggest it killed anywhere between 17 and 50 million people.

Meanwhile, the current coronavirus outbreak has so far taken 3,996 lives and infected 113,582 people worldwide at the time of writing. COVID-19 cases are steadily increasing, with now more than 100 countries affected. China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran have the highest number of cases.

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