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New Graph shows Flu Vs. Coronavirus Death Rate by age

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The following chart compares COVID-19 death rates by age as of Thursday with death rates from the flu in the US over the course of the 2018-19 flu season, based on US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The comparison makes clear that even given the lower death rates, COVID-19 is still a far more dangerous disease than the flu.

This study was done in South Korea.

The overall death rate in the US from last year’s flu season was about 0.1%, about 8.5 times lower than South Korea’s COVID-19 death rate.

While both the flu and the coronavirus are more dangerous for older patients than younger patients, the flu’s death rate of about 0.8% among patients 65 and older is about one-fourth that of South Korea’s COVID-19 death rate of about 3.4% among patients 60 and older.

H/T: Business Insider

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