The coronavirus pandemic has become the deadliest disease outbreak in recent American history with tolls surpassing the estimated deaths of the 1918 flu.
The 1918 flu, also known as the Spanish flu, spread worldwide during 1918 and 1919.
In 1918, the population was less than a third of today's at 103 million people living in U.S. right before the 1920s.
So, while the 1918 flu killed one in every 150 Americans, Covid-19 has killed one in 500 people so far, per CNBC.
Globally, Covid-19 has taken the lives of 4.7 million people, whereas the 1918 pandemic killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million people.
When looking at the national population-level data during the two events, the 1918 influenza still tops Covid-19, per Stat News.
Medicine was also not as advanced during 1918, and a vaccine against influenza was not available, according to CNN. »