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According to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 45 million cases of the flu in the United States during the 2017-2018 influenza season, resulting in an estimated 810,000 flu-associated hospitalizations and an estimated 61,000 flu-associated deaths.
"...man who died was in his 50s, had an underlying health conditions but no history of travel or contact with a known Covid-19 case.
health & fitness Shared from Seattle, WA Coronavirus Death Was King County Man; More Cases In WA Confirmed The death, the first in the United States, was announced by Seattle and King County health officials; two additional cases confirmed. By Lucas Combos, Patch Staff Feb 29, 2020 10:05 am PT | Updated Feb 29, 2020 6:44 pm PT SEATTLE, WA — A Washington man has died from COVID-19 — the new strain of coronavirus linked to China — marking the first known death connected to the illness in the United States as the total number of cases in the country rose to 22, with cases confirmed in individuals who had not traveled to areas affected by the virus. The patient who died after contracting the virus was a King County man in his 50s with a chronic illness, which prompted the initial coronavirus testing, Seattle and King County health officials said at a Saturday news conference. Earlier on Saturday, federal health officials said they erroneously identified the patient as a woman in a briefing with President Trump and Vice President Pence, leading to Trump announcing that the patient was a woman at a White House news conference.
originally posted by: SacredLore
It should also be mentionted that Corona can be totally harmless:
In the city of Tübingen, Germany, the head MD of pathology at the university hospital has contracted Corona. He is held under quarantine and says he feels ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, no symptoms, no fever, nothing. Same holds true for his daughter and her friend who also are infected (they made a trip to Italy). Corona is no death sentence, you may not even notice that you have it!
Head MD of pathology in Tübingen quarantined with Corona and ZERO SYMPTOMS! (German)