Doctor At Bringham And Women's Compares COVID-19 And The Spanish Flu

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — COVID-19 is often compared to the Spanish Flu. A Bringham and Women's doctor examined the information to see which was worse, using New York City as the epicenter of both pandemics.

Dr. Jeremy Faust used the worst point of the 1918 pandemic and compared it with the death rate, then to the early days of COVID-19 in New York.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu almost tripled the death rate in New York. Coronavirus, however, quadrupled it.

Dr. Faust spoke with WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal about how things are different and the same, despite medical advancements.

"You look to your left and you look to your right, things look pretty normal," Dr. Faust said. "But if you just look down the street, you realize oh, wait a minute, there's a few sick people...the hospitals are full."

He compared history to a street: it runs one way, but it's not as long as we think.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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