Flu is Killing Way More People than Coronavirus

Henrietta Brewer
February 14, 2020

Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that so far, this season there have been more than 21 million flu cases with more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths.

Dr. Mark Loeb, division director of infectious diseases at McMaster University, told Global News that the flu shot you get from a clinic or pharmacy is not flawless but provides above-average protection when administered.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) said this flu season is in line with past flu seasons according to their weekly influenza report.

"The good thing for all of us is that the same precautions we take to avoid flu will also protect us from coronavirus, which at present is very low risk here in Hamilton", she said.

"I would say the average Malheur County resident is way, way more likely to get flu than the coronavirus", said Angie Gerrard, a registered nurse at the Malheur County Health Department.

Dr. Lee adds that the flu should not be taken lightly. "This includes getting a flu shot and adopting healthy habits", said Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. "Even at this time of year, if you haven't had the flu shot, you should make an appointment and get it". Shots are still widely available and are covered by Medicare Part B with no copay for adults age 65 and older.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Avoid contact with people who are sick and things they may have touched.

People experiencing flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, and fatigue are encouraged to stay home and not go to work, school or other public places where germs can be spread, Moffett said.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Visit www.flu.ohio.gov for information.

Influenza virus. Image produced from an image taken with transmission electron microscopy.

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