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COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

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(AP) — COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did -- approximately 675,000.

And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear. Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and repeated infection.

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For now, the pandemic still has the United States and other parts of the world in its jaws. U.S. deaths are running at over 1,900 a day on average, and the country's overall toll has topped 673,000.

The 1918-19 influenza pandemic killed 675,000 people in the U.S. when it had a population one-third the size of what it is today.

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