NewsNation delved into the facts about the flu, showing how the infection and death rates differ from COVID-19.
We looked at the actual data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University.
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 210,600 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
According to the CDC, an estimated 22,000 people died during the 2019-2020 flu season, which means influenza deaths are at just over 10% of total coronavirus deaths — and U.S. COVID-19 deaths started being reported just last March.
Total reported U.S. COVID-19 cases are at just under 7,500,000 according to Johns Hopkins.
The CDC reports an estimated 38,000,000 cases of flu in the 2019-2020 season.
There are more than five times the number of influenza vs. COVID-19 cases.
The numbers from Johns Hopkins are updated each day as new information is reported — so our numbers are from late Tuesday afternoon.
The CDC’s website notes the 2019-2020 season estimates are preliminary and may change as data are finalized.
NewsNation also wanted to know what questions our viewers have about the flu vs. coronavirus. Dr. Dean Winslow, a professor of medicine at Stanford University Medical Center with more than 40 years of experience talked with NewsNation’s Marni Hughes.
Watch the full discussion in the player above.