COVID-19 is Deadlier than the Flu

COVID-19 is Deadlier than the Flu

Ayden Nguyen, Writer

 

Many people have been misinformed about which is deadlier, COVID-19 or the Flu. President Donald Trump once tweeted, “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!” This is not true. The coronavirus is much more lethal than the Flu.

 

The coronavirus has killed more than 225,000 people in the United States in eight months with about an average of 867 deaths a day. On the other hand, the Flu has killed about 22,000 people during the last Flu season in the United States, according to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). That is about 91 deaths a day during the Flu season(between October and May). This means that COVID-19 has killed more people in 8 months than the Flu did in the last 5 Flu seasons combined. According to President Trump, the Flu sometimes kills more than “100,000” people. However, statistics from 1976-2007 and 2010-present prove him otherwise.

 

There are several reasons why COVID-19 is more lethal. First, COVID-19 is much more contagious than the Flu. Someone who has the Flu will infect about 1-2 other people. On the other hand, a person with COVID-19, if they do not stay at home, can infect about 2-3 other people. On a large scale, a lot more people could get COVID-19 from another person rather than the Flu. 

 

Second, you may not know if you have the virus or not. When you get infected with the Flu, you will feel sick soon after becoming infected. In addition, symptoms will show up in about 2 days according to the CDC. Then people will be more likely to stay at home. On the other hand, COVID-19 symptoms may not show up until 4-5 days after exposure. This means that you could go 5 days without knowing you have COVID-19. “We know that a person with COVID-19  may be contagious 48-72 hours before starting to experience symptoms,” Harvard experts write, “Emerging research suggests that people may actually be most likely to spread the virus to others during the 48 hours before they start to experience symptoms.” What this means is that you can still spread COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms. 

 

Finally, COVID-19 does not have a vaccine. The Flu vaccine reduces deaths from the Flu and it also reduces severe symptoms in those who get the Flu. The only reason there are still so many deaths is because half of the American population do not take the Flu vaccine and this includes most of the children that die because of the Flu. A vaccine would really help lower COVID-19 cases, symptoms, and deaths. Unfortunately, there is no approved vaccine yet.

 

This article illustrates why COVID-19 is deadlier than the Flu. Although a vaccine is not yet in reach, there are still ways that you can prevent the spread of this virus. This includes social distancing(staying 6 feet apart), washing your hands very frequently to get rid of excess germs and viruses, and most importantly, wear a face mask when going out in public.

Reference article:https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/06/health/flu-covid-19-deaths-comparison-trnd/index.html