COVID-19 is more deadly than flu - study
COVID-19 is a lot more deadly than the flu, concludes a new study by the University of Washington published in the journal Health Affairs.
The national rate of death among people infected with the novel coronavirus - SARS-CoV-2 - that causes COVID-19 and who show symptoms is 1.3%, the study found. The comparable rate of death for the seasonal flu is 0.1%.
For this study, 116 counties in 33 states had COVID-19 data that fit Basu's robust criteria for inclusion in the analysis.
The COVID-19 death rate means that if the same number of people in the U.S. are infected by the end of the year as were infected with the influenza virus roughly 35.5 million in 2018-2019 then nearly 500,000 people will die of COVID-19. However, the novel coronavirus is more infectious than the influenza virus.
"It is possible, as the infection spreads to more rural counties of the country, the overall infection fatality rate will increase due to the lack of access to necessary health care delivery," the study says.