How did mortality rates in 2020 compare with past decades and centuries? What the data tells us
Written by on 11 January 2021
How bad has this pandemic been? How does it compare with other decades and centuries? Where does it stand in relation to the seasonal flu pandemics of the 20th century, or indeed the flu, smallpox and cholera epidemics of the 19th century? Is this really a worse period for mortality, as some have suggested, than in the world wars?