The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that the overall mortality rate of the new coronavirus is 3.4%, higher than that of seasonal flu, contrary to some information that has been disseminated.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, general director of the organization, said in a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday that Covid-19 is more deadly than seasonal flu, although it is not transmitted so easily.RELATED
“Worldwide, about 3.4% of Covid-19 reported cases have died,” said the head of WHO. “By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills much less than 1% of those infected.”
“While many people around the world have developed immunity to seasonal flu strains, Covid-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity,” which means that more people can become infected and some will suffer serious illnesses, Ghebreyesus clarified. .
Although the new coronavirus is not transmitted as efficiently as the flu, “it causes a more serious illness,” he added.
Current data from the Chinese government shows that the death rate in that country is approximately 3.7%, with the majority of deaths reported in Wuhan and Hubei Province, to which this city belongs.