The researchers then looked at deaths in October and November 1918, the peak of the city’s flu outbreak. They found detailed mortality statistics collected by the Census Bureau, then a relatively new agency and archived by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Faust has identified 31,589 deaths among the city’s 5.5 million residents, with an incident rate of 287.17 deaths per 100,000 person-months. This was almost three times higher than the city’s death rate for the previous three years. Overall, the death rate in the city last spring was about 70% compared to 1918.
The researchers noted that when the pandemic struck in 1918, the spike in death tolls was not as shocking to the city as it did in 2020. At the time, the number of deaths increased three times less than the figure of the previous year, while the figure in 2020 is four times higher than that of 2019.
To put it simply, life was risky more than a hundred years ago.
“It’s a less healthy and less secure world,” said Dr. Faust. In a sense, he added, “today we are worse than 1918” because we started from a much safer place with much more advanced technology. The impact of an epidemic today should have been significantly lower, not slightly lower.
Indeed, people today are conditioned by the “medical industrial complex” to think that all diseases are, Nancy Tomes, an American healthcare historian at Stony Brook University, said. can win.
That may be why many Americans, especially those who believe the pandemic has been overblown, have been furious to discover that a virus has affected their lives, she said. he added.