COVID-19 not ‘just the flu’

Suzanna Luetscher’s letter last week downplays the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic (Dec. 31) by calling it the “COVID flu.” This ignores the fact that COVID-19 is far more deadly than influenza.
In 2020, the number of Californians dying of COVID-19 equaled the combined sum of annual deaths from influenza, diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease.
In Ventura County, 0.7% of those infected with COVID-19 have died; but the death rate for influenza is 0.02%. That means COVID-19 is 35 times ...

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