Influenza vs. The Coronavirus

Experts say that the flu and the coronavirus are similar in many ways

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Kylee Conley, Social Media Editor

As winter rolls around, alongside it strolls in our worst enemy, the flu, but not only that we now have the coronavirus to watch out for. With many of us at work and kids at school, two viruses spike our increase for becoming infected. The similarities and differences between the two are greatly argued, however it seems that one is more dangerous than the other.

With COVID infecting thousands of lives a day with no widely distributed vaccine (yet) to stop its disastrous effects, it’s resulting in many falling ill and also claiming many lives. Covid affects others in different ways including fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, aches and pains, fatigue, loss of smell and taste. The flu consists of cough, fever, fatigue, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, body aches, and diarrhea. Overall their similarities are very alike, however one thing remains certain, the coronavirus has claimed seven times the number of lives the flu has. 

According to many politicians and experts, the flu claims anywhere from 12,000 to 61,000 American lives every flu season, but that fact was soon proven wrong. Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency room physician and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, questioned the number of deaths that the flu presumably takes on an average flu season. Turns out that those numbers were a guess made by the CDC. On average it is reported that flu deaths range from 3,000-15,000 deaths per year. Overall we know influenza is nothing to play with, however, 301,000 lives have been lost to COVID-19 this year just in America.

At the end of the day, both viruses are full of bad effects and can even result in death. Although COVID-19 is more deadly, that’s not to say that you should only worry about not catching COVID-19 because it is a scientific fact that you can have both viruses at the same time. The best way to keep yourself safe from both of the viruses is to constantly sanitize, wear a mask, don’t touch things that could’ve been touched by other people, social distance, and have hope. This disappointing and dark time will soon pass and we will be at the end of the tunnel, have hope and keep putting one foot in front of the other.