How COVID-19 differs from the flu

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(WEHT)- Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many have wondered what the difference between the coronavirus and other viruses is. But since the beginning of flu season last fall, the Indiana State Department of Health says the state has seen 121 deaths from the flu.

Comparatively, since the pandemic began in March, Indiana has experienced 630 deaths from COVID-19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Dr. Erin Reynolds, an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana, says the mortality rate for COVID-19 can be 10 to 20 times higher than for the flu. “With the seasonal flu, we have a case mortality rate of .1 percent,” Dr. Reynolds said, “with COVID-19, the numbers are still changing, it’s likely going to be between one and two percent.”

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(This story was originally published on April 21, 2020)

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