Seasonal Flu Deaths numbers versus Covid-19 deaths

This is a question that bothers us all: Is the Covid-19 or also known as coronavirus at the same level as the seasonal flu? Which one of them has higher number of deaths? Is the seasonal flu dangerous as the coronavirus but because it happens every year we don’t pay that much attention to it?

This dilemma is here since the WHO announced the coronavirus as a pandemic in the whole world and changed our lives from scratch.

This answer was provided by the WHO if you search this title on Google:

COVID-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza.

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

Another research from from Harvard Medical School and Emory University claimed that “Although officials may say that SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] is ‘just another flu,’ this is not true.

Indeed, during the current flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there were up to 62,000 flu deaths in the U.S. from October 2019 through April 2020.

At a glance, this may appear similar to the toll of COVID-19, which as of early May, had caused about 65,000 U.S. deaths. (As of Thursday, May 13, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. was more than 82,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.)

Also, from the information based on data from death certificates, they showed that during the deadliest week of flu season over the last several years, the counted number of U.S. deaths due to flu ranged from 351 during the 2015 to 2016 flu season to 1,626 during the 2017 to 2018 flu season, the authors said. The average number of flu deaths during the week of peak flu mortality in recent seasons (from 2013 to 2020) was 752 deaths.

In contrast, for COVID-19, there were 15,455 deaths reported in the U.S. during the week ending April 21 (the highest weekly death toll during the pandemic so far) the authors said .

Conclusion: the coronavirus is more dangerous than the regular flu and the biggest proof is that he has no season.

additional source:https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-deaths-vs-flu-deaths.html

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