Within the past few months, the world has been hit with the greatest pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 100 years ago. The total number of global cases has by now surpassed 3 million, while the number of deaths is well over 200,000. This, by far, outpaces the 18,000 deaths caused by the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.
Of all the countries in the world, the United States has been the hardest hit in terms of total numbers, though it falls behind Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland on a per capita basis. It should be noted that it is impossible to determine the number of cases in the People’s Republic of China, where this global pandemic originated, because the numbers provided by the Communist government of that country are viewed with suspicion by most objective observers.