The Battle Between Covid and the Flu

The world has been spun into a web with the Covid-19 virus still around as flu season quickly approaches. The world is having trouble figuring out which is deadlier: Covid-19 or the flu. Look no farther, here is all you need to know to determine which is deadlier and what to look out for this season.

Covid-19 has been known to the public eye for almost a year now. According to the CDC, within nearly a year, Covid-19 has had an estimated 39 million cases worldwide, with nearly 8 million of those cases coming from the United States. There have also been 1.1 million deaths related to Covid-19 with over 200,000 deaths coming from the United States alone.

In the last 5 years combined, the flu rang in approximately 236,200 related deaths. This would mean not only did more people contract Covid-19, but it also means more people died from it. When it comes down to the numbers of which illness caused more hospitalizations, the flu has taken that number by storm. The number skyrocketed for the flu in 2019 because there were patients facing not only the flu, but they were also facing Covid-19 as well. The symptoms within these two illnesses are similar in many ways ranging from something as simple as a headache to something as severe as shortness of breath and trouble breathing. This similarity can contribute to the reason why a diagnosis can often come late since one mistaken for the other.

These two illnesses have no competition on which is more deadlier or dangerous. They both can cause death if not treated quickly and properly.

The ways of contracting Covid-19 and the flu are exactly the same: through contact with someone who is a carrier. This contact can come in the form of coughing, sneezing, or even just talking. It does take longer for symptoms of the flu to start than it would with Covid-19, but with the symptoms being so similar, it can easily be mistreated and misdiagnosed. Neither illness is more deadly or superior to the other, both are dangerous. Wearing a mask, avoiding public spaces, and washing your hands often are still the best preventive measures at this time.

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