See yesterday’s article entitled Coronavirus Journal: 01April for updates on the Coronavirus.
What if we wrote about the common flu like we wrote about the Coronavirus right now? It would probably start out something like this:
The influenza has taken over 24,000 lives this year with over 39 Million cases. It’s ravaged the entire world compared to the Coronavirus so far.
There’s a bunch of theories out there about the Coronavirus. Was it a random transmission between animals and humans? Was it created in a Chinese lab as a bioweapon in Wuhan? Is it a product of governments who wanted to control people? Are powerful and rich people attempting to force human population control and profit off the virus?
Among all the fear mongering in the media right now, I thought we would do a small experiment this morning. I want to compare the Coronavirus (Now called SARS-COV-2) to the common flu.
All of the following information comes directly from the CDC. (See references below.)
First, let’s cover the similarities.
- Both cause fever, body aches, and fatigue. Sometimes they cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- They can both be mild or severe in some cases, can both lead to pneumonia, and can both be fatal.
- Both can be spread through water droplets in the air via coughing or sneezing, and someone can be infected for several days with either before showing symptoms.
- Neither can be treated with antibiotics, and both are treated by reducing symptoms like a fever. In especially bad cases, both can require the use of a ventilator to assist with breathing.
Next, we’ll cover the differences.
- Coronavirus is caused by one virus. The flu can be a variety of different strains of influenza viruses.
- Coronavirus MAY be spread through airborne means as well. This means that airborne particles could remain in the air after someone who is infected passes by, whereas this does not occur with the flu.
- Antiviral medications to treat symptoms do not exist for Coronavirus but do exist for the flu.
- No vaccine is available for the Coronavirus, but one is available for the flu.
- Coronavirus has had approximately 190,000 cases in the US as of yesterday (Since January 1st.)
- The flu has had approximately 39 million cases of the flu in the US as of this week (Since September 29th.)
- Coronavirus has taken approximately 4,100 lives in the US as of yesterday.
- The flu has taken approximately 24,000 lives in the US as of this week.
So there you have it. What do you think- is the Coronavirus worse, better, or the same as the flu? Should we be afraid of it, or is the media just trying to make money off of it?
Let me know in the comments section below.
Matthew – Strictly News