As the Coronavirus outbreak persists, several politicians and mainstream media talking heads have pointed to the common flu for comparable figures and statistics.
So, what are those figures?
According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu has killed more than 20,000 people in the United States this season alone.
The Daily Wire reports roughly 34 million people suffered from the flu in that same time, resulting in 350,000 hospitalizations.
The CDC reports people over the age of 65 were the most likely group to be hospitalized for symptoms, followed by individuals under the age of 4 years and adults between 50 and 64 years.
From the Daily Wire:
Influenza A viruses were the most commonly reported, as opposed to the usual predominance of Influenza B. 136 deaths of children have been reported; the CDC noted, “rates among school-aged children and young adults are higher at this time than in recent seasons and rates among children 0-4 years old are now the highest CDC has on record at this point in the season, surpassing rates reported during the second wave of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
And, from the CDC:
While influenza B/Victoria viruses predominated earlier in the season, during recent weeks, influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses have been reported more frequently than B/Victoria viruses. For the season, A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses are the predominant virus.
The predominant virus also varies by age group. Nationally, for the season overall, influenza B viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among children and young adults less than 25 years, while A viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among persons 25 years and older. In the most recent three weeks, influenza A viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses in all but the school aged children and young adults (5-24 years old).
The Coronavirus outbreak began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has spread to more than 100 countries and territories around the world.
The World Health Organization reports there have been 109,577 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus worldwide with 3809 deaths.
Of those, 80,904 of the confirmed cases happened in China, including 3,123 deaths.
Adding the statistics for every country around the world except China drops the number of confirmed cases to 28,673, with 686 deaths.
In the United States alone, the CDC reports there have been at least 423 cases with 19 deaths. There are more than a dozen states that have yet to report a single case of the Coronavirus.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.