Misleading information and comparisons about the flu and the coronavirus have been circulating widely since the start of the pandemic. This misinformation has been amplified as the start of the flu season begins. Both are contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, but COVID-19 is more dangerous, contagious and lethal than the flu, and extra precautions are needed.
In six months, COVID-19 has killed about 4-6 times as many people as the flu does in an entire year. That makes COVID-19 about 10x deadlier, in terms of total deaths, than the flu --- and that's with good weather, social distancing, and mask use.
You can get a flu vaccine but not one for coronavirus. Experts say the number of flu deaths could be drastically reduced if more people got flu shots. Even if you get a flu vaccine and later catch the flu, the symptoms are usually less severe. The best ways to control the spread of coronavirus is with personal responsibility- limit trips outside of your home, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash hands often.
Find more information about the flu and coronavirus at chomp.org/flu
. Visit mtyhd.org/flu
for a schedule of No Cost Flu Vaccination Community Clinics, starting this week.