Fauci Says COVID-19 Could Reach Level of 1918 Spanish Flu, the ‘Mother of All Pandemics’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said on Tuesday we “can’t deny the fact” that the COVID-19 pandemic could reach the level of the Spanish flu, which killed millions of people around the globe between 1918 and 1920.

In the U.S., about 28% of the population of 105 million were infected with that pandemic flu, and 500,000 to 850,000 died (estimates vary).

“If you look at the magnitude of the 1918 pandemic where anywhere from 50 to 75 to 100 million people globally died, that was the mother of all pandemics and truly historic. I hope we don’t even approach that with [COVID-19] but it does have the makings of, the possibility of approaching that in seriousness,” Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID,) said during a Georgetown University Global Health Initiative webinar, according to CNN.