WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced during a virtual briefing today in Geneva WHO is constantly learning new things about COVID-19, including the fact that it’s now 10x deadlier than the H1N1 flu pandemic.
“We know that COVID-19 spreads fast, and we know that it is deadly, 10 times deadlier than the 2009 flu pandemic,” he said. Swine flu was declared a pandemic in June 2009. By August 2010, it was nearly considered over.
As of 10:30 am this morning, COVID-19 had killed over 22,000 U.S. citizens and over 117,000 deaths worldwide. Nearly 3 million people worldwide had been tested as of Monday morning. Over 20,000 citizens of the State of Illinois have been infected with 720 deaths as of Sunday.
The United States now leads all countries in number of infected, with over 560,891 as of this morning. The next closest is Spain with 169,496.
A vaccine is thought to be at least 12 to 18 months away, according to the WHO.