(ETX Studios) – If some still doubt it, it’s now official: The Kovid-19 is more deadly than the flu, as a new Canadian study shows. The risk of death from Kovid-19 will be 3.5 times higher than seasonal flu.
“It’s just a simple flu”, “Kovid-19 has killed fewer people than the flu” … These sentences have multiplied on social networks in recent months, showing that part of the population has serious viruses. Confused about forms. That disrupted their daily lives a year ago. Well named? No, say Canadian researchers who confirm with supporting data that Kovid-19 is much more deadly than seasonal flu.
Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), the study compared hospitals for influenza at seven major hospitals in Toronto and Mississauga between November 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Concerned patients were admitted to either medical services or an intensive care unit for influenza or Kovid-19. In total, during this period, there were 783 hospitals with influenza in 763 unique patients, whereas Kovid-19 had 1,027 hospitals in 972 patients.
“We can now tell with certainty that Kovid-19 is much more severe than seasonal flu. The risk of virus death was 3.5 times higher among hospitalized patients in Ontario, 1.5 times more intensive care unit use. And stay in hospital for 1.5 times longer. Patients admitted with influenza, ”says Dr. Amol Verma of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Elderly people, but not only
Another misconception was partially dispelled by the researchers: No, severe forms of Kovid-19 do not affect only the elderly. The study also suggests that less than 50 hospitalized patients for the new virus represented 24% admission to intensive care units.
“Many believe that Kovid-19 primarily affects the elderly. (…) We have found that approximately 40% of adults over 75 years of age hospitalized for Kovid-19. Has died in hospital, but can cause very serious illnesses. In young adults. Approximately one in three adults under 50 hospitalized with Kovid-19 required intensive care and About one in ten had to be hospitalized after being hospitalized.
Among the explanations provided by the researchers, note the fact that beyond the severity of the disease itself compared to seasonal flu, the population is currently poorly immunized against Kovid-19; Which expresses the event. “Hopefully, the severity of Kovid-19 will decrease over time as people are vaccinated against the virus and more treatments are identified. Unfortunately, there is also the possibility that variants of the virus are even more severe. . “, Concludes the lead author. the study.