The Risk of Death of Covid-19 Patients Who Are Treated is 5 Times that of Flu Patients

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Covid-19 patients hospitalized patients were five times more likely to die than patients with seasonal flu.

The statement was written in a report entitled Mordibity and Morality Weekly Report, which was uploaded on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 on the page CDC.

“The percentage of Covid-19 patients who died while in hospital (21.0 percent) was five times higher than influenza patients (3.8 percent), and the duration of hospitalization was almost three times longer for Covid-19 patients,” wrote the researcher in his report.

In addition, patients with Covid-19 who are hospitalized also have a higher risk of suffering from 17 complications, including pneumonia, respiratory failure and blood clots.

In their report, the researchers used data on Covid-19 and seasonal flu patients from Veterans Health Administrations across the US. This data includes 3,9453 Covid-19 patients from March 1 to May 31, 2020 and 5,453 seasonal flu patients from October 1, 2018 to February 1, 2020.

Launching Forbes, the CDC estimates that in the previous influenza season, around 38 million people were sick and 22,000 died in the US. Meanwhile, nine months after the first case of Covid-19 in the US, there were 8.2 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 with the death toll reaching 220,000.

These findings break views about the impact of Covid-19 which is considered no more dangerous than seasonal flu in the US. US President, Donald Trump, he even got a lot of criticism after he uploaded a tweet on Twitter that equated the mortality rate for these two diseases.



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