Though some symptoms of the flu and the coronavirus overlap, comparing the death rates of the two shows just how much worse the coronavirus is.
While about 0.1% of people who got the flu died in the US last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus’ death rate is currently about 5.2%, based on the reported totals of cases and deaths. That makes the coronavirus’ average death rate 52 times higher than that of the flu.
Death rates of both the flu and the coronavirus vary widely between age groups, and both seem to be most fatal among people over 65.
The chart below shows how they compare.