The interactive slideshow above compares how the coronavirus stacks up against other current and major viruses. The data counts confirmed cases and deaths, but the WHO says that the number is most likely underreported because of misdiagnosis, improper handling and government censorship.
The latest coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China has stricken more than 7,800 people and killed 170 since its discovery in late December.
The spread has been so quick that on Thursday, The World Health Organization declared it a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Yet, despite the numbers and alarm, the virus pales in comparison to the impact of the ebola virus — and even more so — influenza.
The latter killed more than 61,000 people in the U.S. alone during the 2017-18 season according to CDC estimates. And since the beginning of the current flu season on Oct. 1, there have been more than 8,200 deaths so far.
The influenza virus was also the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which was responsible for the deaths of 50 to 100 million people — the worst in recorded history.