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Asian Flu of 1957 killed 116,000 Americans - Hong Kong flu of 1968 killed 100,000

Daniel Horowitz: "People remember the riots in ’68 and the oil crisis in the ’70s but don’t recall anything about flu in 1968. The Hong Kong flu of 1968? killed around 100,000 people (the equivalent of 160,000 today). The 1957 Asian flu,

, a form of H2N2 influenza that is believed to have originated in China, is estimated to have killed 116,000 Americans, the equivalent of roughly 200,000 in today’s larger America. Given that an estimated 25 percent of the entire country contracted that flu and a much larger share suffered from strong symptoms, one has to wonder what the recorded death toll would have been had we tested everyone and counted those deaths as liberally as we do today."
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