Experts: Covid IS More Riskier Than Flu

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As health experts are still talking about the Covid-19 in third winter here at the US and around the globe, how dangerous is Covid compared to the seasonal flu?

According this NPR News article, Covid was estimated to be 10 times more lethal than the flu. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, and other researchers argued that “most people today have enough immunity — gained from vaccination, infection or both — to protect them against getting seriously ill from COVID. And this is especially so since the omicron variant doesn’t appear to make people as sick as earlier strains,” the news outlet writes.

We have all been questioning, ‘When does COVID look like influenza?’. “And, I would say, ‘Yes, we are there.’”

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco (source: NPR News)

While some others, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, seem to disagree.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s medical adviser, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR News “I’m sorry — I just disagree. The severity of one compared to the other is really quite stark. And the potential to kill of one versus the other is really quite stark.”

During the bad flu season, flu also kills about 50,000 people. Dr Fauci continued “Covid is a much more serious public health issue than is influenza, noting this is especially true for older people, the group at the highest risk dying from the disease”.

Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease specialist at the Tufts Medical Center and a professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, told “We are now seeing consistently that more than 70% of our COVID hospitalizations are in that category. If you’re counting them all as hospitalizations, and then those people die and you count them all as COVID deaths, you are pretty dramatically overcounting.”

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told NPR “If you are up-to-date on your vaccines today, and you avail yourself of the treatments, your chances of dying COVID are vanishingly rare and certainly much lower than your risk of getting into trouble with the flu.”