CORONAVIRUS

Mortality Rate For COVID-19 Has Surpassed The Flu, According To World Health Organization

Mar 4, 2020, 6:27 AM | Updated: Oct 1, 2020, 11:50 am
A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack M...
A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation on February 28, 2020 in Nutley, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Authorities have announced the mortality rate for COVID-19 has now surpassed the flu.

“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General for the World Health Organization.

The mortality rate for the flu is about 0.1% annually, according to a report from the New York Times.

Ghebreyesus said global communities have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, but COVID-19 is new, and no one has immunity.

“That means more people are susceptible to infection,” he said. “Some will suffer severe disease.”


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  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick  
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  • Stay home when you are sick  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash  
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Mortality Rate For COVID-19 Has Surpassed The Flu, According To World Health Organization