COVID Has Killed More Americans Than Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan And WWI
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more Americans than the total number of U.S. soldiers lost during conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and World War I combined, according to Newsweek.
- Those wars saw 155,072 soldiers lose their lives, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
- COVID-19 has killed more than 210,000 as of October 7, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The VA states that 4,431 American soldiers died in the Iraq invasion from 2003 to 2010, 2,445 American soldiers died in Afghanistan skirmishes from 2001 onward, 58,220 American soldiers died in the Vietnam conflict from 1964 to 1975, 36,574 American soldiers died in the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1953 and 53,402 Americans died in World War I from 1917 to 1918.
Since the end of March, COVID-19 has killed an average of 7,043 Americans each week.
- Despite the high number of coronavirus deaths, President Trump continues to downplay the virus, falsely claiming on Tuesday that COVID-19 is "in most populations far less lethal" than the flu.
- “Though the flu kills tens of thousands of Americans each year and, the CDC states, COVID-19 has killed more Americans in 2020 than the approximately 178,000 Americans killed by flu over the last six years," Newsweek reported.