Could the flu be the new coronavirus?


Greg Robinson, Writer

Recent updates in the news have had many individuals who have been traveling to China worried that they may be infected with the coronavirus. The coronavirus was discovered by doctor Li Weiling in Wuhan, China. Weiling notified the officials of the coronavirus but was shut out by the government for trying to release information on the issue. It was later reported that he died in the Wuhan hospital at the age of 34 from the coronavirus. 

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Some of the symptoms of the virus are respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.  So far, the coronavirus has killed over 600 people in China.

According to Washington Post, officials have also stopped a boat that was traveling that confirmed 41 cases of the coronavirus and has quarantined the individuals on the boat. Although there have been 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, there have been no confirmed deaths from the virus.  Officials believe that this disease will only last between the fall and winter-time and will die off in the spring and summer.  

On the other hand, the flu has been reported to be deadlier than the coronavirus in America. According to Market Watch, at least 19 million people in the U.S. have experienced flu illnesses this season, the CDC estimates. About 180,000 people have been hospitalized so far, and an estimated 10,000 have died.

Sixty-eight children have died this flu season, so in reality the flu has become more of a threat than the newly reported coronavirus. The flu has infected over 28,000 people in China but has only killed 565 individuals who were known to be infants or have weak immune systems. For the current number of individuals being hospitalized for the flu half of them have been under the age of 25.  

Information for the coronavirus is still coming and will continuously be updated on the news and social media platforms. Americans  should be more concerned about the flu than the coronavirus, said Dr. Jerome Adams, surgeon general of the United States.