Don’t Compare Covid-19 To The 1918 Spanish Flu

Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Fumento

“‘COVID-19 Is Now the Deadliest Pandemic in American History,’ wrote Time. ‘Covid Is Officially America’s Deadliest Pandemic As U.S. Fatalities Surpass 1918 Flu Estimates,’ said CNBC. ‘Coronavirus Death Toll In U.S. Eclipses 1918 Influenza Pandemic Estimates,’ was ABC News. And there’s lots more where those came from, trying desperately to compare our lot to those who suffered through a nightmare that we can’t begin to imagine. … Any comparison of Covid-19 to so-called ‘Spanish flu’ (no reason to think it began in Spain) is just grotesque. For one, populations have grown a bit since the old influenza. In 1918 there were about 103 million Americans; today it’s over thrice that at about 332 million. So the estimated 675,000 flu victims back then would be equal to 2.2 million deaths today. … Then there’s the issue of who the victims are. Despite the inevitable ‘Covid doesn’t discriminate’ shibboleths, we all know otherwise.” (10/07/21)