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More than 100,000 Americans have died of Covid-19
May 27, 2020 - The United States has reached the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths – almost as many Americans as were killed in World War One.
The grim figure of 100,000 American deaths from Covid-19 has been reached, with the White House projecting that as many 240,000 may die by the time the pandemic runs its course.
A toll of this magnitude is as deadly as, and in some cases deadlier than, some of the most tragic events in U.S. history.
For example, it is ominously close to the 116,516 U.S. deaths attributed to World War I – double the amount killed in the Vietnam War (58,209) – and 4,500% higher than the number killed in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, it is a far cry from the 675,000 Americans who died in the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic, or the 620,000 killed in the American Civil War.
Comparisons like these show that today's coronavirus deaths are part of a long history of illness being as deadly as war, or even more so.
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