Doctors Say Coronavirus May Be No Worse Than Flu

( – A report published by the New England Journal of Medicine has made the astonishing claim that the coronavirus might not be any more deadly than the common flu. The authors speculate that the coronavirus may ultimately prove to be on par with a “severe seasonal influenza” when it comes to mortality rates.

The report used an analysis of data

A report on data from the outbreak in Chinese, cited in the report, shows that no person under the age of 15 has died from the virus. At most, according to the Chinese data, the fatality rate is 2% but could, in reality, be “considerably less than 1%” in Western countries where the outbreak is being contained.

The data also showed that those who have died from the coronavirus were either elderly or suffering from other illnesses that made them vulnerable to the disease. Incredibly, it even showed that less than one in six cases were considered “severe,” leading the authors to conclude that it may not be as terrifying as we think it is.

According to the report, “The overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of severe seasonal influenza,” before citing that severe flu would have a mortality rate of 0.1%.

The authors used influenza outbreaks in 1957 and 1968 as examples of what we might expect to see as the coronavirus continues to spread all over the world, noting that diseases like MERS and SARS had mortality rates reaching up to 36%.

Despite the fact that the coronavirus may not be as deadly as first believed, the authors still note that efforts are being made to develop a vaccine to eventually stop its spread.

“A robust research effort is currently underway to develop a vaccine against Covid-19. We anticipate that the first candidates will enter phase 1 trials by early spring. Therapy currently consists of supportive care while a variety of investigational approaches are being explored,” they wrote.

But don’t get too confident yet! Even a severe influenza outbreak can cause major societal problems. If the virus continues to spread as it does in China, the country will be unable to reopen many of its manufacturing plants that produce essential parts and products for Western markets. Similarly, a policy of “self-quarantining” in Western nations could result in a major economic disruption.