Do 50,000 people...

By: Waldorf

...die from the flu every year in the United States?

No.  Some yes, but not all.  Healthy people can and do die as a direct result of the flu, but the flu more often than not aggravates pre-existing conditions like heart disease and asthma, and the virus can cause inflammation in the lungs if there is a co-infection with another germ, like strep.  And people with no previous sign of a weakened immune system are sometimes overwhelmed because their immune systems react in unforeseen ways with bacteria and infection. So, the flu doesn't kill an overwhelming number of the healthy, most people who die from it are the same category of people who are dying from COVID -- those with pre-existing conditions.

So, if COVID isn't as bad as a normal season of the flu*, like IQ66 said, then there wouldn't be a quarter of a million deaths, would there?

*Edit - a normal season of flu-related fatalities isn't 50,000, it's usually between 35,000 and 45,000.  The point is, it's a far smaller number than COVID-related deaths, and it's absurd to differentitate between COVID-deaths and COVID-related deaths when the massive number of hospitalizations are not typical of even a heavy flu season.  Indeed, it's absurd to compare it to the flu at all. 

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