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Coronavirus versus the flu: Comparison of cases, deaths – WRAL.com

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There’s a widespread illness in the United States that, according to figures from the CDC, has caused anywhere between 250,000 and 440,000 hospitalizations, and killed anywhere from 14,000 to 36,000.

Included in those numbers are the deaths of 92 children in the US.

It’s not the coronavirus. It’s the flu.

“Although influenza viruses and coronaviruses have similar symptoms, the risk of catching the flu in the United States remains far greater,” said officials from Yale New Haven Health.

Some doctors are trying to steer a frantic public, fearful of the startling coronavirus statistics coming in each day, to spend their energy worrying about a much more likely threat — the local flu.

With so many statistics and news stories flying around, it can be difficult for people to keep track. Myths and panic may spread even faster than viruses.

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To combat that, here are the most recent stats on the flu versus coronavirus, based on the latest metrics from the CDC, and how it’s impacting not only the US, but North Carolina itself.

The flu versus coronavirus

Coronavirus globally:

  • Estimated 64,000 cases total
  • 1,383 deaths from coronavirus

Coronavirus in the United States:

  • 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus
  • 0 deaths from coronavirus

Coronavirus in North Carolina:

  • 0 confirmed cases of coronavirus
  • 0 deaths from coronavirus
  • 4 being ‘monitored’ for symptoms in Charlotte after returning from China, but have shown no symptoms

Influenza in the United States:

  • 250,000 – 440,000 estimated flu hospitalizations
  • 26,000,000 – 36,000,000 estimated flu cases
  • 14,000 – 36,000 estimated flu deaths
  • 92 child deaths
  • 14 people died this week

Influenza in North Carolina:

  • 34,157 estimated cases of the flu
  • 75 deaths
  • 2 deaths in chidren under the age of 17

Comparing the numbers

  • More people have died from the flu than have contracted coronavirus in the US.
  • There are more estimated cases of the flu in the United States than there are coronavirus cases globally.
  • Almost as many people died this week in the US from the flu (14) than we have total cases of coronavirus in the US (15).
  • There are nearly half as many cases of flu estimated in North Carolina (34,000) than there are coronavirus cases globally (64,000).

These metrics are based on the latest numbers from the CDC and the North Carolina Division of Public Health, between October 2019 and February 15, 2020.

The tips for staying safe and healthy are similar between the two illness, said Dr. Richard Chung from Duke Health. He said, “Wash your hands. Stay away from others if you feel sick. Sneeze and cough into your elbow. That would be the core guidance for people even if coronavirus comes here to North Carolina.”

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