This is not an update of the status of our current pandemic. Rather it is a very brief historical look at flus that have affected us. We need to know that we are not the first Americans to experience a pandemic and will not be the last.
A pandemic is not a "one time" event and periods of illnesses may come in 2 or 3 "waves" anywhere from 3 to 12 months apart. The total duration of a pandemic is likely to be 12 to 18 months. The most recent pandemic, other than the current coronavirus, occurred in 2009 and was caused by an influenza A (H1N1) virus. It is estimated to have caused between 100 000 and 400 000 deaths globally in the first year alone.