Close comparison of the two viruses creates a worrisome picture of what could happen if COVID-19 becomes widespread in the United States, infectious disease experts say.
The new coronavirus is more infectious than the flu and appears to strike with much more severity in certain vulnerable groups. At the same time, there are no treatments on hand for COVID-19 (or a vaccination) as there are for the seasonal flu, experts added.
COVID-19 appears to be most harmful to old people or those with underlying health problems that make them more susceptible to infection or pneumonia. "No child has died of COVID-19," Glatt said. "There have been hundreds of cases and not one child under the age of 10 has died from COVID-19." By comparison, 125 children in the United States have died from the flu this season, the CDC says.
One other important difference: The new coronavirus appears to be more infectious than the seasonal flu, experts said.
When symptoms occur, COVID-19 appears to be more akin to the common cold than the flu. Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, all of which may appear between two and 14 days after exposure, the CDC says.
The best prevention for the coronavirus appears to be the same as for the common cold. Wash your hands frequently, avoid contact with sick people, cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow to prevent hand contamination, and stay home if you're ill.
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