Graphic vergelijkt het aantal doden door Covid-19 met de aantallen slachtoffers van andere tragische gebeurtenissen uit de Amerikaanse geschiedenis.


Meer dan 100.000 Amerikanen zijn aan Covid-19 overleden

By Ninian Carter

May 27, 2020 - De Verenigde Staten hebben de grimmige mijlpaal van 100.000 Covid-19-doden bereikt – Bijna net zo veelAmerikanen sneuvelden in de Eerste Wereldoorlog.

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.

PUBLISHED: 28/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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