COVID-19 deaths vs seasonal virus: Which is deadlier?

COVID-19 cases may be dwindling, but the United States is far from out of the pandemic as COVID-19 deaths are still much higher than deaths from common seasonal viruses, a group of experts recently said.

What’s going on: A group of scientists recently filed a 136-page report that found deaths from COVID-19 are much higher than deaths from seasonal respiratory viruses.

  • The report – which was written by doctors and public health experts – said that the US is still seeing an “intolerable” level of death from COVID-19 that is higher than the flu or respiratory syncytial virus (commonly known as RSV).

By the numbers: In one example, at least 1,150 people died per week from RSV or the flu in one year, per CNBC. But COVID-19 has led to 12,000 deaths per week in some weeks.

  • In fact, 9,000 people died from COVID-19 alone in the last week, according to CNBC.

What they’re saying: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control, said on the Monday night edition of “NBC Nightly News” that the COVID-19 pandemic is entering a new phase, but it is far from over.

  • “I think we are in a new phase where we can start getting back to doing many of the things that we have liked to do and where we have to remain vigilant,” she said.

https://www.deseret.com/utah/2021/2/22/22295475/flu-rsv-cases-practically-zero-across-country-but-should-masks-take-all-the-credit

What’s next: In fact, experts have said that another new COVID-19 variant could emerge soon, as I reported for the Deseret News. Local leaders should use the current lull period to plan for a potential future outbreak, experts said.

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