Just how deadly is coronavirus compared to other outbreaks? Putting it into perspective

SPOKANE, Wash. — Just how deadly is COVID-19 compared to other viral outbreaks? 

It’s a question many of you want answered. 

Take the seasonal flu, for example. It’s already killed 76 people in Washington and thousands more around the country this season. 

Coronavirus has not spread to nearly as many people, but right now, it does have a much higher death rate. 

So far, 11 people have died from coronavirus in the United States. 

It might seem like a small number when you consider the flu has killed more than 18,000 Americans this season alone, but it’s also spread to an estimated 32 million people. 

There are still a lot of unknowns surrounding coronavirus, and that’s part of the reason health officials are so concerned. They can accurately predict flu seasons but doctors don’t know how long coronavirus will keep spreading. 

Though the flu has killed far more people this year, it’s death rate is only 0.1%. 

The coronavirus, on the other hand, has a current death rate of 3.4%. 

Three out of every 100 people infected have died. Older people and those with underlying health issues are at a much higher risk. 

The flu of 1918 is the most deadly pandemic in recent history, killing 50 million worldwide and 675,000 in the United States. Its death rate was 2.5%. 

Remember the Swine Flu in 2009? It killed 12,000 Americans and its death rate was just 0.02%. 

COVID-19’s high death rate is part of the reason the U.S. government is taking it so seriously and trying to stop the spread.