Doctors refute Trump’s claim that COVID-19 is less lethal than the flu

CDC estimates influenza has resulted in between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.

President Donald Trump waves from the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There is a lot of misinformation surrounding COVID-19, but the medical community says one fact remains — the virus is not going away anytime soon.

“We are still seeing a number of COVID cases,” said Dr. David Caro, who specializes in Emergency Medicine at UF Health Jacksonville.

Dr. Caro says while the number of hospitalizations is down compared to the end of summer, people should not let their guards down.

“It’s hard to predict who’s going to do well and who’s not all we know some people are at higher risk for having problems,” he said.

With flu season fast approaching Dr. Caro warns people not only have to take precautions against COVID-19 but also the flu.

But which virus is more deadly?

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

Facebook took the post down and Twitter labeled the tweet “misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”


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