Comparing COVID-19 and the 1918–19 influenza pandemics in the United Kingdom

Daihai He (Corresponding Author), Shi Zhao, YK Li, Peihua Cao, Daozhou Gao, Yijun Lou, Lin Yang (Corresponding Author)

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We compared the COVID-19 and 1918–19 influenza pandemics in the United Kingdom. We found that the ongoing COVID-19 wave of infection matched the major wave of the 1918–19 influenza pandemic surprisingly well, with both reaching similar magnitudes (in terms of estimated weekly new infections) and spending the same duration with over five cases per 1000 inhabitants over the previous two months. We also discussed the similarities in epidemiological characteristics between these two pandemics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • 1918–19 influenza
  • COVID-19
  • Multiple waves
  • United Kingdom
  • Years of life lost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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