The US coronavirus death toll surpassed 675,000 on Monday, overtaking the estimated number of Americans dead from the 1918 flu pandemic.

Iran Press/America: The flu pandemic from 1918 to 1919 killed about 675,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For a country of roughly 328 million people, that death toll means that roughly 1 in 500 Americans has died from the coronavirus.

But the US population was much smaller over a century ago, so the 1918 flu had a higher death rate.

Still, the delta coronavirus variant that took hold of the country in the summer months led to a massive fourth wave of the pandemic. About 2,000 Americans are dying from the virus on average each day.

The coronavirus pandemic is officially the deadliest pandemic in American history, ending the unofficial reign of the 1918 influenza pandemic.

According to the John Hopkins' coronavirus resource center, the United States has crept past the 675,000 coronavirus death mark. That number is important because 675,000 is the estimate for the total number of deaths due to the 1918 influenza pandemic.

According to the CDC, deaths from the coronavirus pandemic are projected to increase in the coming weeks, and the 700,000 death mark could be hit before 2022. 219