More people have died from Covid-19 than in the past 5 flu seasons combined

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Once again, misleading comparisons between the flu and Covid-19 caught widespread attention across the internet.

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” President Donald Trump tweeted. “Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

That’s not true. Covid-19 is more lethal than the seasonal flu.

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And in just eight months, Covid-19 has killed more people than the flu did during the last five flu seasons combined.

As for Trump’s claim that the flu kills “sometimes over 100,000” people a year, CDC data from 1976 to 2007 and from 2010 until now show that’s not even close.

Read more about why Covid-19 is more dangerous than the flu — and why extra precautions are needed:

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