The world is facing another Flu-like outbreak since January 2020. COVID -19 is said to be similar to the seasonal flu as they share common early symptoms and both are related to the respiratory disease. Both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza transmit from one infected to another through droplets in the air that are present from an infected person sneezing, coughing, talking or laughing. Both viruses can infect several healthy people before developing any symptom. The prevention techniques for both illnesses are also the same. Here are some ways that differentiate COVID-19 from Regular flu:
Caused by 2 different virusesSARS- COV 2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2) cause COVID-19. Seasonal flu is caused by different types of influenza viruses.
Fatality rateCOVID -19 is far more fatal than the seasonal flu. It has a fatality rate of 1% which is far more fatal than the seasonal flu. The fatality rate of seasonal flu is just 0.1%. It means it can kill nearly 10 people from 1000 infected whereas the seasonal flu only kills one from 1000 infected.
ContagiousCOVID-19 is more contagious than influenza. Estimatedly every COVID-19 patient infects approximately 2 to 2.5 people that are responsible to infect 2 to 2.5 more on average. Whereas the seasonal influenza patient infects 1.2 people on average. Hence, the number of secondary infections generated from the COVID – 19 is higher than the seasonal flu virus. The dead body of the COVID-19 patient is also contagious just like the dead bodies of the people who die from other contagious diseases.
Presymtomatic transmissionsThe higher number of Coronavirus infections are related to the frequency of presymptomatic transmission. The people who do not develop any symptom after getting infected infect a large number of people unknowingly.
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