Is Covid 19 different from the influenza flu?

Even after a year, some are grappling with the same old question: Is Covid 19 different from the seasonal flu?

How do we communicate the risk convincingly to this target audience? Obviously, we need to compare number of deaths due to Covid 19 with the number of deaths due to the seasonal flu. The Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the University of Cambridge has done exactly that.

Look at the following graph;

It compares the number of COVID 19 deaths with the deaths from influenza flu and several other common causes. As we can clearly see that the number of Covid deaths sharply increases with age when compared to the deaths from influenza flu. It convincingly debunks the claim that Covid 19 is not different from influenza.

Source: Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge

Author: Prasantha De Silva

A specialist in Community Medicine board-certified in Sri Lanka and a research analyst in Canada

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