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COVID-19 far more deadly than seasonal flu, large study confirms

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The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Reuters Health - 18/12/2020 - COVID-19 is far more serious than seasonal influenza, the largest study to date to compare the two diseases confirms. Using French national data, researchers compared data on 89,530 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between March and April 2020, with 45,819 patients hospitalized with seasonal influenza between December 2018 and February 2019. Overall, illness was more severe for patients with COVID-19 than their peers with seasonal influenza. "Almost twice as many patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 than for seasonal influenza, over a shorter time period (2 months for COVID-19 and 3 months for seasonal influenza)," according to the Lancet Respiratory Medicine report. The COVID-19 death rate was three times higher than for seasonal influenza (16.9% vs 5.8%), which is "particularly striking when reminded that the 2018/2019 flu season had been the worst in the past five years in France in terms of number of deaths," co-lead au...


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