Comparing COVID-19 with previous national crises such as Vietnam War, Spanish flu: Historians weigh in on the similarities and differences

Already, COVID-19 has killed more people than World War I and Vietnam — combined.Coronavirus has pushed the unemployment rate to levels not seen since the Great Depression.A national poll shows historic levels of unhappiness.Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s little question that the virus many of us hadn’t even heard of in January has upended American life, but just how bad is the damage? A half-dozen experts had a wide range of answers, with several saying that COVID-19 is in the same league as national crises such as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression of the 193…

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