US officials are bracing themselves for coronavirus to hit the country.
The flu has ravaged the country during the 2019-2020 season.
Both illnesses have no cure.
The 2018-2019 flu season killed more than 34,000 people in the US.
(NewsReady.com) – If you turn on the evening news, you’ll likely be bombarded by information about the novel coronavirus. World leaders are panicking and the fear is bleeding into America, as well. But the US has already faced an epidemic this year and that one isn’t being talked about nearly enough.
Influenza By the Numbers
The flu, also known as influenza, is very dangerous. Although people have long believed that it’s a relatively minor illness, it actually kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that between October 1, 2019, and February 15, 2020, between 29 and 41 million people have had the flu. They aren’t exactly sure how many people suffered from it because it’s not a reportable disease.
Of the tens of millions who had the flu, between 280,000 to 500,000 are hospitalized with the illness. Somewhere between 16,000 to 41,000 died from it.
Coronavirus By the Numbers
Comparatively speaking, the coronavirus is not nearly as deadly as the flu. At the time of this writing, nearly 86,000 people have contracted the virus worldwide. Of those people, 2,942 have died from the illness.
In the US, less than 60 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and nobody has died. China, which has a population four times larger than the US has had 78,800 cases and 2,788 deaths.
Comparing the Numbers
If you just look at the data, it’s obvious that the flu is far more deadly and infects more people than the coronavirus. It’s also incurable.
The treatment and prevention of the flu are better, though. However, there are still problems with that. We have a vaccine for the flu, and it’s supposed to lessen the severity of the symptoms and help fight complications. The problem there is that the flu shot has only been 45% effective against the virus this year.
So, while everyone should take steps to protect themselves and prepare for the coronavirus, you shouldn’t panic. You’ve been in the middle of a flu epidemic for months and here you are, living your life.
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