The World Health Organization has canceled the pandemic status for the COVID-19 virus, which was declared in March 2020.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronavirus infection has caused 6.9 million deaths during the pandemic. They include country data only when available and official, so this number may be low as many countries underreport deaths.
According to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, the real number of victims is higher: he estimated that 20 million people died from COVID-19.
The flu pandemic of 1918-1920, dubbed the “Spanish flu”, was the deadliest in history. According to various estimates, from 17 to 100 million people died from it.
The Spanish flu pandemic began in 1918 when troops returning from World War I spread the disease.
The location of the start of the pandemic has not been conclusively established, but it is believed that it began in Spain. In the post-war years, medical care remained at a level below modern standards, which complicated the efforts of medical professionals to contain and treat victims of this disease.
Each of the following influenza pandemics has been less severe, and their relative severity can be correlated.
The last pandemic before COVID-19 was the H1N1 virus in 2009. Estimates of the number of deaths range from 0.13 million to 1.87 million deaths – although researchers disagree on which one is more accurate, writes RBC.
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