How Does the New Disease Compare With the Flu?
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The New Virus and The Flu
According to health officials, tens of thousands of Americans die from the flu each year, while the new virus has far less infected.
But the new virus may, in fact, be deadlier, and the death rate according to current estimates is 2 percent, as compared to 0.1 percent death rate of the seasonal flu. It is also highly contagious, making it far riskier.
Contagious And Hidden
No Cure So Far
Older people and those with weak immunity are more susceptible to the virus. Children, who get infected severely by the flu are only showing mild or no symptoms to the new virus.
Flu infects far more people but there are vaccines for it. The new virus currently has no treatment or vaccination.
Current data for the severity of the virus shows that 80 percent have a mild infection, 15 percent had a severe illness and 5 percent critical illness.
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