Coronavirus is Different from Seasonal Flu in Many Ways

Coronavirus may look similar to seasonal flu with its symptoms; it is different from them.

Coronavirus is Different from Seasonal Flu in Many Ways
Coronavirus vs Seasonal Flu

Coronavirus is Different from Seasonal Flu in Many Ways

 

Coronavirus symptoms, including fever, sore throats, and pains, may look similar to seasonal flu, but it is quite different from this. Researchers point out that there is much difference between the coronavirus and seasonal flu and they confirm it Wednesday.

When coronavirus affects people, they have COVID-19 disease. Already the death toll of coronavirus is 3,500, and it is 3.5 percent of all the affected people worldwide. 

In comparison to the seasonal flu, it is much more severe as the rate of regular seasonal flu is 0.1 percent.

Francois Balloux working at University College London as a Professor of Computational Systems Biology says, "There is still considerable uncertainty around the fatality rates of COVID-19, and it likely varies depending on the quality of local healthcare. That said, it is around two percent on average, which is about 20 times higher than for the seasonal flu lineages currently in circulation."

 

Cases becoming serious

The coronavirus death toll is the highest concerning fact in this regard. Coronavirus affects our body in such a way that infected cases require hospitalization instantly and even ventilation if breathing problems become severe. 

Most of the infected people are currently in China. In a study of 45,000 confirmed cases in China, experts found that the majority of death occurred in the older adults that is 14.8 percent death rate who are above 80.

But there is a twist between the groups of 50s and 65s. While the 65s group showed a 27 percent severe cases, the 50s group was more vulnerable as they showed 41 percent.

Jerome Salomon, French deputy health minister says, "It's true that if you're older, you're at greater risk, but serious cases can also happen in relatively young people with no prior conditions."

 

About its spreading

Coronavirus is contagious, and each COVID-19 affected people passes the infection to other two or three people as experts estimate.

The rate of spreading the coronavirus is two times higher than that of the seasonal flu as the seasonal flu infection rate is 1.3 percent.

 

Treatment

Saloman confirms that human civilization has been dealing with influenza for more than 100 years. 

He says, "We've studied it closely. This new virus resembles the flu in terms of physical symptoms, but there are huge differences."

The first difference is that there is no well-established vaccine against COVID-19.

It is good to hear that some trials proved helpful in some serious cases and some experimental therapies. But they are insufficient to help the general people as they are available in a small amount.

Coronavirus has shaken the researchers as it changes its form several times, and they are continually working to find out a vaccine for this. But it is not easy as it needs several months to take it into action and send them to the infected people.

Another problem is that if they can find any cure for this deadly disease, how they will make the treatment available for everyone is also a huge question.

 

Similarities

Apart from these differences, there are some similarities between coronavirus and the flu. The precaution steps to stay away from both of them is quite similar. We can follow the steps personally to keep ourselves healthy. The steps include-

Wash our hand frequently with handwash, soap, and water or hand sanitizer, avoid handshakes, avoid touching our faces and wear a mask if you are sick.

They are standard practices to stay safe from many infectious illnesses like coronavirus and seasonal flu.

Good hygiene is essential for fighting this disease. If we are aware, we can fight this. We should keep our good practices of washing hands going on. A report from the Health Ministry, France confirms only two people in 10 wash their hands after they use bathrooms.

The report says, "And only 42 percent of people cover their mouth with an elbow or tissue when they cough or sneeze."