Covid-19 vs Past Pandemics

COVID-19 pandemic is the second deadliest pandemic in America, based on the numbers collated by Marshall Auerback. As of today, the US facility rate stands at 0.051 percent.

  • 1918 influenza pandemic: 50 million deaths globally. World population: 1.8 billion, or 2.7 percent. US fatalities: 675,000 or 0.65 percent on a per capita basis out of a population of 103 million.
  • 1957 H2N2 flu virus 1.1 million deaths globally. World population: 2.9 billion, or 0.038 percent on a per capita basis. US fatalities: 116,000 out of a U.S. population of 178 million, or 0.065 percent on a per capita basis.
  • 1968 H3N2 virus 1 million fatalities globally. World population: 3.6 billion, or 0.028 percent on a per capita basis. US fatalities: 100,000 out of a population of 203 million, or 0.049 percent on a per capita basis.
  • 2009 H1N1 virus 284,000 fatalities globally and 12,469 fatalities in the U.S. Per capita fatality rates were the same (.004 percent on a per capita basis).
  • CIOVID-19 as of August 14: 20.97 million cases. World population: 7.8 billion. Confirmed global fatalities were 760,371, or 0.009 percent on a per capita basis. US fatalities 169,488 out of an existing population of 331 million, or 0.051 percent on a per capita basis.

Source: Marshall Auerback via The Naked Capitalism.