CoronaVirus is spreading–but the flu is a greater threat to Americans

Flu, the front-runner

CoronaVirus is spreading–but the flu is a greater threat to Americans

At least 8,200 people have died from the flu in the United States this season, including 54 children.

By Joseph Guzman

Story at a glance

  • At least 15 million flu illnesses reported this season.

  • The World Health Organization reports flu causes 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide and kills 650,000 people a year.

  • There have been Five confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. so far.

In China, more than 50 million people are on lockdown as authorities race to try to contain the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has killed at least 80 people and infected thousands of others so far. News of the virus has prompted some concern in the United States, but a more common virus is posing a greater threat to Americans — the flu. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses for the 2019-2020 season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. The CDC reports there have been 54 reported flu-related pediatric deaths this season from Influenza B viruses.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness globally and kills up to 650,000 people annually. 

“When we think about the relative danger of this new coronavirus and influenza, there’s just no comparison,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told Kaiser Health News. “Coronavirus will be a blip on the horizon in comparison. The risk is trivial.”

Health experts warned earlier this month that this flu season could be just as deadly as the 2017-2018 season, when 61,000 flu-related deaths were recorded.

But the coronavirus outbreak that is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month should be taken seriously. At least 81 people have died in China as a result of the virus that can cause pneumonia. More than 2,700 others have been infected in more than a dozen countries, including five confirmed cases in the U.S. At least 60 people were being tested in the U.S. for the disease as well. Officials expect more deaths and infections to follow, and some health experts estimate as many as 100,000 people could be infected in China.

In the U.S., there have been five reported cases of coronavirus, two in Southern California, one in Chicago, one in Arizona and one in Washington state. The CDC has said it is screening passengers from Wuhan at airports in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

But still, the flu rarely gets the sort of headlines an outbreak like the coronavirus does, despite killing more Americans each year than any other virus, and Americans do not seem to be particularly worried.

The CDC reports fewer than half of American adults got a flu shot last season, and only 62 percent of children received the vaccine, despite being vulnerable to respiratory illnesses.

Original article


Related articles from The Liberty Beacon:

What are the Chinese hiding in Wuhan?

Wuhan China, One Big 5G FEMA style Camp & Not because of Coronavirus

Corona Virus Fakery And The Link To 5G Testing



Stay tuned to …


The Liberty Beacon Project is now expanding at a near exponential rate, and for this we are grateful and excited! But we must also be practical. For 7 years we have not asked for any donations, and have built this project with our own funds as we grew. We are now experiencing ever increasing growing pains due to the large number of websites and projects we represent. So we have just installed donation buttons on our websites and ask that you consider this when you visit them. Nothing is too small. We thank you for all your support and your considerations … (TLB)


Comment Policy: As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. This also applies to trolling, the use of more than one alias, or just intentional mischief. Enforcement of this policy is at the discretion of this websites administrators. Repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without prior warning.


Disclaimer: TLB websites contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of “fair use” in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, health, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than “fair use” you must request permission from the copyright owner.


Disclaimer: The information and opinions shared are for informational purposes only including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are not intended as medical advice or instruction. Nothing mentioned is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.