The study proves that covid is much more aggressive than influenza.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), recently published a new report with the intention of that the population can distinguish the coronavirus from seasonal flu and how the first has greater complications.
The analysis, released Tuesday as an advance release to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, analyzed the medical records of hospitalized patients who had received covered care through the Veterans Health Administration. The cases of 5,500 people diagnosed with influenza between October 2018 and February 2020 were analyzed and compared with almost 4,000 people diagnosed with Covid-19 between March and May 2020.
Compared to patients with influenza, those with coronavirus were at increased risk of about 17 respiratory and other complications, They were mostly 19 times more likely to develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, which can be fatal because the lungs fill with fluid.
Inflammation of the heart, pneumonia, liver failure, shock, bloodstream infections, and stroke are among the other most likely complications of COVID-19.
Of the coronavirus patients, 21% died and only 3.8% of the flu patients died. The death rate from covid-19 was similar across all racial and ethnic groups, but certain complications were more common among black and Hispanic patients, such as kidney problems and sepsis.