WHO Estimates Coronavirus 34 Times More Deadly Than Regular Flu

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has infected 90,000 people worldwide and killed 3,000. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 32 million Americans who have caught the flu, also called influenza, this year, and the 18,000 who have died. But there’s a reason that health officials and government authorities are shaking in their boots about the coronavirus.  It’s way more lethal than the regular flu.

The New York Times reported that influenza kills about 0.1% of those who become ill. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the coronavirus kills 3.4% of those who become infected, or 34 times the fatality rate of the flu. Put another way, if the flu were as deadly as the coronavirus, almost 700,000 Americans would be dead from the disease just this year alone, more than double the number of Americans killed in WWI.

As the new virus makes its way around the world, we can expect rising death tolls to follow.

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  1. Lee A Brown

    Defund WHO!!! They are controlled by drug companies making vaccines. Why does every new virus come from China? Bring all drug and vaccine makers back to the USA and we can stop this endless cycle.

  2. Douglas Holbert

    What is being done about the lab that created this.

  3. Bosough DeKlown

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling ! Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  4. Sheldon Padawer

    Cute attempt at “yellow” journalism for a novice level writer; he’ll be a good one.

    The World Health Organization picks and chooses which topics to spin for their own benefit; Covid 19 is sort of a Fluey flu. I called several different authorities asking about volunteer programs for those willing to be infected for monitoring of the first stages of the disease. I did this because in depth study reveals the mortality rate is on the light side. Many people will be able to work through it with OTC symptom medicines.

    The contagion – however – is extreme. It can kill like flu or a common cold when povery, bad health, or age is involved. But for guy of retirement age in good health like myself, even WHO knows I’ll be in bed a few days and take a week or so to get back to speed.

  5. Lyudmila Loeva

    The new COVID-19 coronavirus has infected 90,000 people worldwide and killed 3,000. Recall that more than 8 billion people live in the world. If out of 8 billion. got sick 90 000, then such a “coronavirus” is called “coronalies” .

  6. AK Johnny 1

    I still contend that many complacent Americans are taking this Covid-19 virus WAY too lightly..
    Look at the video footage of Wuhan, Beijing snd Shanghai!!! They are virtual ghost towns. NOBODY is venturing out or barely walking the streets. They’re not containi g themselves in their homes just for laughs…
    China is down over 2 MILLION barrels a day in oil usage. So there is a glut of oil on the market. That is why our gas prices are so low. Commerce has come to a virtual standstill in the affected regions.
    One thing NOT being talked about in the media is almost NO SUPPLIES going in to the affected regions either. People are rationing food, bartering with neighbors and starting to go hungry. This pandrmic is no joke.
    This is going to be reminiscent of the Florida hurricanes… Everybody will wake up one morning to SOLID confirmation that they are about to get their asses kicked, and masses of people will descend upon the grocery stores, big box stores, pharmacy stores and building stores all at once to compete for the remaining supplies. Happens every time….

    • martin

      AK Jonny 1

      At least one sensible comment

  7. Cajetan Chimento

    I don’t think the virus is going to be as violent as people think It is very much . It is blown way out of perportion in this country.

  8. Mary Blakeman

    A corona virus vaccine was being worked on in 2016. Funding was cut by the Trump administration, shelved and put into a freezer. Cutting funding aimed at preventing infectious diseases should be criminal especially when our leader has no clue about how vaccines are made.

  9. Lynn

    Just another scheme to criticize Trump and spend money we don’t have. Trump asked for 2.5 billion, 8.75 billion was authorized, lots went to foreign countries & domestic salaries/pay offs. Sad part is that Republicans went along with this scam.

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