Coronavirus Newsbites

Trump said the 1918 Spanish Flu 'probably ended' WWII, which did not begin until 21 years after the pandemic
  • During an eventful press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that in 1917, the Spanish Flu "probably ended the second World War."
  • World War II began more than two decades after the pandemic in 1939.
  • The president likely misspoke and meant to reference World War I, the final months of which overlapped with the deadly spread of the flu pandemic, which also began in the summer of 1918, not 1917.
  • The deployment of troops during World War I likely contributed to the spread of the 1918 flu due to crowded conditions and intercontinental movement, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Trump also said during the press conference that the Spanish Flu, which he referenced as the "great pandemic," killed anywhere between 50 to 100 million people.
  • The 1918 pandemic, which was caused by an H1N1 virus, infected as many as 500 million people worldwide, and it killed at least 50 million people, according to the CDC.
  • Comparisons have been drawn between the deadly 1918 pandemic and the current COVID-19 pandemic due to its similarity in a rapid and deadly spread.

Trump says people need to 'stop politicizing' COVID-19 moments before blaming China for the pandemic once again
  • President Donald Trump on Monday continued to blame the coronavirus pandemic on China while also urging people to "stop politicizing" the virus.
  • "We must stop politicizing the virus and instead be united in our condemnation of how this virus came to America, how this virus came to the world," Trump said.
  • Trump has sought to deflect from his own failures in responding to the pandemic by blaming Beijing.