Covid-19 Victims 5 Times More Likely to Die in Hospitals than Flu Patients



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the USA reveals that Patients admitted to a hospital with Covid-19 symptoms are five times more likely to die than those with the seasonal flu. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Tuesday, the CDC also wrote that people with coronavirus are hospitalized for nearly three times longer than influenza patients.

    The percentage of COVID-19 patients who died while hospitalized (21.0%) was more than five times that of influenza patients (3.8%)," the report says.

    Additionally, compared with influenza patients, those with Covid-19 are more at risk for 17 complications, including acute respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, neurologic, and others.

    In their report, the researchers used data on Covid-19 and seasonal flu patients from the Veterans Health Administrations. This data includes 3,9453 hospitalized Covid-19 patients from March 1 to May 31, 2020 and 5,453 influenza patients from October 1st, 2018 to February 1, 2020.

    Meanwhile, Forbes reported that the CDC has estimated that in the previous influenza season, 38 million people were sick and 22,000 died.

    During the first nine months after America recorded its first cases of Covid-19, there have been 8.2 million confirmed cases and 220,000 reported deaths.

    These findings debunked views that Covid-19 is no more dangerous than seasonal flu in the US. A view that US President Donald Trump shared and posted on Twitter, garnering heavy criticism.

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