Rely on trustworthy media for facts about COVID-19

A Haiku individual writes that “Influenza, 7 to 8 percent fatal, is about 12 times as dangerous as COVID-19, which is less than 1 percent fatal at worst.” This is flat-out wrong.

As top sources report, the numbers speak for themselves. Further, only one antiviral drug, remdesivir, can treat COVID-19, while many treat the flu. (See, e.g., COVID-19 vs. Flu, Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-vs-flu/art-20490339.) The writer mimics the truth, but citations are lacking.

As your readers have probably also read or heard, COVID-19 can cause long-term effects.

The link states: “So far, more than 32 million people have had COVID-19 in the U.S. So far, more than 580,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. in 2020 and 2021.

“By comparison, during the 2019-2020 flu season in the U.S., about 38 million people had the flu and about 22,000 people died of the flu.

“COVID-19 can cause different complications from the flu, such as blood clots and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.”

So, perhaps more trustworthy media are one answer for the writer, not outrage.

Especially for vulnerable groups, presenting research best provides the factual basis for a recommendation to vaccinate.

Judith Eagle



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