COVID-19 is Found to be Worse than the 1918 Flu in NYC

August 17, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 18, 2020

According to this recent article by Medpage Today, researchers have found that increases in New York City’s overall mortality during its COVID-19 peak were even higher than in the 1918 flu pandemic. Jeremy Faust, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported from March 11 to May 11, COVID-19 was associated with four times as many expected deaths versus corresponding periods from 2017-2019 (incident rate ratio for all-cause mortality 4.15, 95% CI 4.05-4.24, whereas the 1918 flu pandemic was associated with almost three times as many expected New York City deaths versus corresponding periods in 1914-1917 (IRR 2.80, 95% CI 2.74-2.86).

As of right now, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 165,000 people in the U.S., according to unofficial counts. “Few persons in the U.S. have a frame of reference for the historic levels of excess mortality currently being observed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” Faust, Carlos del Rio, and Zhenqiu Lin, PhD, of Yale New Haven Hospital, wrote.

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