Comparison of corona Virus to the flu is currently one of the most popular discussions concerning the virus, among others. We human beings crave contact more than anything. We love to express ourselves by physical touch, signals, and body language. The recent outbreak of the Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19, has taken that from us.
Now that we are shut up in our homes with regular advice on all fronts, especially the internet, to imbibe social distancing, not being able to interact physically is slightly hard for us. The internet is rife with different opinions on the Corona Virus. Everyone is talking about it, adding their twists, and shedding light on the subject.
For the benefit of humanity, scientists have studied and observed seasonal flu for years. Compared to viruses Earth has endured, we know very little about COVID-19, which means that COVID-19 is an unpredictable wrecking ball. No one knows how much deaths it’s going to cause and how wide it’s going to spread.
What is the current death toll for the Corona Virus?
The death toll for COVID-19 is currently at 165,903 deaths. In comparison, in the US alone, influenza caused 38 million illnesses, 24,000 to 62,000 deaths, and 410,000 hospitalizations according to approximations of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
The flu was just as morbid as the Corona Virus is right now and the range of mortality predictable. But that’s where the difference lies between Corona Virus and Influenza.
With COVID-19, there are a lot of unknowns and blind spots. This has scientists scrambling to find out more about the virus to improve our understanding of it and the threat it poses.
With new information, our knowledge of the Coronavirus is bound to change and become more extensive.
Interestingly, both diseases are highly contagious and cause respiratory illness. Common symptoms of the flu are:
- Sore throat.
- Runny nose.
- Muscle ache.
While symptoms of the flu are sudden, patients can recover in two weeks with adequate and proper care.
On the other hand, the severity of the Corona Virus symptoms is yet to be understood by doctors as reports have carried from different patients. They include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of smell.
- Abdominal pain.
The similarities and differences are uncanny, right? If their symptoms aren’t all that identical, then which of the two should you be worried about?
This is not precisely certain yet. But note that respiratory viruses cause similar symptoms making it quite difficult to distinguish between different respiratory illnesses.
While these are scary facts, the good news is the death rates of COVID-19 vary with age and location. No kids under nine have been lost to the virus older folks have been hit the hardest.
Those with weak immune systems or chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes are at higher risk of becoming severely ill should they contract the virus.
This poses a big problem for America as 60 percent of American adults have at least one underlying condition, and 40 percent have at most two underlying conditions. A massive 25 million have diabetes, meaning these 25 million are vulnerable.
Also, while the flu was a danger to pregnant women, it is not yet known if the new Corona Virus is a threat to pregnant women.
The risk of infection is high with the Coronavirus. Compared to the flu’s R0 value of 1.3, COVID-19 spreads for every 2 or 3 persons that come in contact with an infected person.
While the risk of infection on exposure is still low, the CDC predicts that widespread transmission of the virus is very likely.
This means you really should not flout lock-down regulations. If the infection has made an appearance in your city, then maintain social-distancing to the letter.
Here is a shortlist of things to stock up on this period:
- Dried or frozen fruit.
- Powdered milk.
- Peanut butter.
- Dried or frozen chicken.
- Canned soup.
- Power bars.
- Dry pasta.
- Bottled water.
- Parboiled rice.
Is seasonal flu the same as a pandemic flu?
In case you have been digesting the wrong information, note that seasonal flu in which 8% of Americans contract is not the same as a pandemic flu, which is way different from the regular strains that circulate.
To answer the question currently running through your mind, it appears so far that the Corona Virus is deadlier than the flu.
On average, 0.1 percent of people who contract the flu die from it. The fatality rate is at 2 percent as well.
This is unlike the Corona Virus, which holds a fatality rate of 3.4 percent as asserted by the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Dr. Tedros’ claim was later refuted to be a snapshot of actual figures due to the intensity of the first outbreak in Wuhan, China.
But a disease with low fatality can shake an entire country if a lot of people catch it.
Treatment options for Corona Virus
According to Medical News Today, the flu has more options for treatment, unlike the more recent Corona Virus.
Complications with the flu include pneumonia and so on, but those who contract it can recover without medical treatment.
Not so for Corona sadly. It would interest you to know that there is currently no approved antiviral drug for COVID-19.
This means that mild cases should undertake strict isolation and social-distancing, while more severe cases should be treated with mechanical ventilation or supplemental oxygen.
To take the edge off the boredom, several sites contain compilations of things you could do or learn this period. It doesn’t have to be an awful experience all.
While you are this, read you can about the virus and take necessary precautionary measures.
Preventive measures to stay safe
- Washing your hands regularly.
- Staying at home if you feel sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Staying away from large gatherings.
- Covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
- Keeping at least 6ft between you and someone else when coughing or sneezing.
- Disinfecting and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Using hand sanitizers.