Coronavirus

Coranavirus Pandemic far deadlier than Flu

Roseville, CA – Covid-19 and Influenza continue to draw comparisons several months into the global pandemic. An effective tool is to research the actual data from the CDC and Placer County Health.

Are the claims that COVID-19 is not much deadlier or different than the flu accurate? Let’s see how Placer County COVID-19 death rate compares to national influenza average.

U.S. Influenza Burden 2018-2019

Age GroupIllnessDeathsDeath Rate
0- 1711,296,414477.0042%
18- 4911,913,2032,450.0205%
50- 649,238,0385,676.0614%
65+3,073,22725,555.8315%
source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.htm

Placer County Flu Deaths 2018-19

Age GroupDeaths
0-170
18-491
50-643
65+7
Total11
“Outside of deaths, individual flu cases aren’t reportable to Public Health”
Source: Placer County

Placer County COVID-19 Burden (Mar- Nov 2020)

Age GroupIllnessDeathsDeath Rate vs U.S. Flu
0- 1748200% (lower)
18- 4925432.0786 (350%+ higher)
50- 649676.6205% (1,000%+ higher)
65+527529.867% (1,186%+ higher)
source (as of 11/3/2020):
https://www.placer.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/46267/dashboard?bidId=#cases

While statistics don’t account for all variables or provide a complete picture, the data publicly available indicates that, yes, COVID-19 is far deadlier than the flu.