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#covid19's death toll in New York City was similar to the 1918 flu

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

When #covid19 swept through New York City in the spring, it brought with it a staggering surge in deaths — one that was comparable, researchers say, to the 1918 flu pandemic in the city. The study found that during the peak of the 1918 pandemic, 287 per 100,000 New Yorkers died per month, while for this year's pandemic, 202 per 100,000 New Yorkers died per month.

The rate seen during the early months of the #covid19 pandemic was 70 percent of that seen during the peak of the 1918 flu pandemic, said Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency medicine physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and the study's lead author.

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