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Letter: We need to wake up — COVID-19 is far more deadly than the flu

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Letter to the editor

Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated during the 2017–2018 flu season there were 48.8 million people getting sick and 79,400 deaths. That is a death rate of .16% — basically a little more than a tenth of one percent. Latest COVID-19 counts in the US are 3.09 million infected with 133,972 deaths. That works out to 4.3%. So, COVID-19 is 27 times more likely to kill you than the common flu — and this was with yearly flu vaccines. Apply this percentage (4.3%) to the 2017-2018 flu season and we would have almost 2.1 million deaths in the U.S. 

We really need to wake up. This is not about politics. This is about the seriousness of this virus. The numbers are growing and many more young people are now being infected and hospitalized.

Please wear a mask, social distance and show consideration for your fellow human beings.

Bill Owens

Sandy