Influenza Kills More People Than the Coronavirus, So Everyone is Overreacting, Right? Wrong – and Here’s Why

‘This is additive, not in place of. Yes, the flu kills thousands of people every year, but we’re going to have more deaths’

by Quentin Fottrell
Market Watch

Coronavirus. It’s just like the flu, isn’t it?

Hundreds of thousands of people die of the flu every year, and people need to calm down, some say. Everyone should wash their hands for 20 seconds, elbow bump, stop buying face masks because they don’t protect against the virus, note that airplane air is filtered 20 to 30 times an hour, avoid cruise ships, and just relax — right?

That appears to be the accumulated advice of exasperated Americans on Twitter and Facebook in recent days who despair at the long lines at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (where people apparently have been stocking up on oat milk) and the panic buying and empty shelves at Costco. “Toilet paper is golden in an apocalypse,” one customer told

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