How does COVID-19 compare with the flu?

COVID-19 is generally more severe than the flu.

Data to date suggests that about 20 percent of people with COVID-19 experience severe or critical illness, requiring hospitalization and often the administration of oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

Although there are millions of flu cases each year in the United States, a smaller percentage of flu cases are estimated to result in hospitalization.

The results of studies on the exact mortality rate for COVID-19 have so far been varied. This calculation has been dependent on factors like location and population age.

The estimated mortality rates are higher than that of seasonal influenza.
How seasonal flu and COVID-19 compare

COVID-19 'ten times more lethal than seasonal flu': Fauci

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci on told a congressional panel that the coronavirus has a mortality that is "ten times" that of the seasonal flu.

Send this to anyone who still thinks COVID-19 is basically the same as the flu.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has similar symptoms to the flu. They also spread in similar ways. So it's natural to want to compare the two. But COVID-19 is very different, in ways that make it much more dangerous. And understanding how is key to understanding why we have to take it so seriously.

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