More Americans have died from COVID-19 since January than the previous five flu seasons combined
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finally confirmed that COVID-19, the pandemic we are currently in the middle of that has taken over 210,000 lives and permanently altered millions of others, is far deadlier than the flu. Comparisons between COVID-19 and the flu have run rampant since the onset of the virus, due to some similarities in symptoms. But the effects of both viruses differ greatly — more Americans have died from COVID-19 since January of this year than the previous five flu seasons combined. And we’re not even near the peak of our current flu season yet.
In a message yesterday, President Pandemic once again compared flu season to COVID, implying that 100,000 Americans die from the flu each year despite the existence of an annual flu vaccine. Facebook actually removed Trump’s post, saying it violated the policy against sharing misinformation about the virus.
On Trump’s “sometimes over 100,000” figure: The CDC has estimated that there’ve been between 12,000 to 61,000 flu deaths each year since 2010. https://t.co/RpYOC74G1f
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 6, 2020
Here’s what the President of the United States said about the disease he is currently sickened with due to his own negligence: “Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the flu. We have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
Nope. Not even close. But what can you expect from a guy who looks directly into a solar eclipse? Also, it’s worth reminding ourselves that there is nothing normal about a social media platform having to remove the words of the president because he’s spreading lies faster than the coronavirus is spreading through his own administration.
President Trump echoed his earlier false claims that Covid-19 was comparable in lethality to the flu on Tuesday, which experts say is much less deadly than coronavirus.https://t.co/gfo9h3CgjH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 6, 2020
According to new CDC data, the flu has resulted in 12,000-61,000 deaths annually since 2010. COVID-19 has resulted in the deaths of 210,000 Americans and counting during the last 10 months. If you, like the President, aren’t good with numbers, almost four times the amount of people have died from COVID in less than a year than the maximum number of people who died from the flu every year of the last decade.
STOP. COMPARING. COVID. TO. THE. FLU. JUST STOP IT.
Also? COVID-19 is far more contagious and lethal than the flu. Which anyone with sense and the capability to process factual information already knew, of course. COVID-19 about 10 times deadlier than influenza, in terms of total deaths. Even with social distancing and mask use.
The last time 100,000+ Americans died due to the influenza virus was in 1968, per CDC data. We’re already at twice that number in just 10 months. The country as a whole is still diagnosing an average of 40,000+ positive cases per day, with no end in sight.
According to CDC estimates, since 2010, between 12,000 and 61,000 people have died from the flu annually.
— Jay Strubberg (@jaystrubberg) October 6, 2020
Remember last month (yes, it feels like a decade ago) when veteran journalist Bob Woodward played a recording of Trump admitting he was intentionally downplaying the pandemic? Meaning, he knew how deadly it was going to be and still refused to act on it. So we already knew he understood the severity of it; he just didn’t care. Par for the course.
“The coronavirus is just like the flu!” has been a Trump fan favorite since January. Fast forward to October, and 211,000 Americans are dead. Hundreds of thousands of others have chronic, life-altering pre-existing conditions after recovering from COVID-19, and many more will develop as time goes by. Because we don’t know all there is to know about this vicious virus and how it attacks every organ and system of the human body. And we won’t know the depths of its deadliness for some time.
But we do know this: it’s no flu. Trump knew that months ago. And vulnerable Americans have paid, and will continue to pay, the ultimate price for his lies.