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Analysis | The death toll from the coronavirus is on par with the 1918 flu pandemic. Here are some important caveats.


The United States Bureau of Census Mortality Statistics is the leading source of exact numbers on the deaths and deaths of the pandemic in America, but even these are incomplete. For example, in 1918, the area from which the Census Bureau received transcripts of all death certificates, i.e., the registry area, contained only 77.8 percent of the nation’s total estimated population.

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