Coronavirus news: Flu a bigger threat than new virus, experts warn

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Coronavirus news: Flu a bigger threat than new virus, experts warn

The death toll for the new outbreak of the coronavirus has now reached 56, with almost 2,000 people infected across the planet. Medical authorities are still puzzled by the mysterious outbreak, dubbed 2019-nCoV or simply novel coronavirus, meaning it is a new strain which has yet to be identified and have been unable to identify a source.

However, the virus is not nearly as deadly as the common flu, which experts have warned should still take priority in the medical battle.

Influenza can lead to thousands of deaths a year, with the University of Oxford stating that in 2008-2009, there were 13,000 deaths in the UK alone related to the flu.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that an average of up to 500,000 people die annually across the globe due to the flu.

Since October alone, 20,000 people died from flu complications in the US, which has led to one expert describing the coronavirus as a “blip”.

William Schaffner, a vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, told Kaiser Health News (KHN): “When we think about the relative danger of this new coronavirus and influenza, there’s just no comparison.

“Coronavirus will be a blip on the horizon in comparison. The risk is trivial.”

Peter Hotez, a virologist at Baylor College of Medicine, told KHN: “Influenza rarely gets this sort of attention, even though it kills more Americans each year than any other virus.”

Dr Schaffner added that the reason influenza is so easily overlooked is that we have known about it for thousands of years, and people have become complacent as a result.

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