- People have developed a residual immunity to the seasonal flu, but still have no immunity to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
- The coronavirus is far more contagious and fatal than the seasonal flu.
- The death rate of SARS was higher than that of COVID-19, but less people died, since the number of people that got the disease was much smaller.
With more and more cases of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, popping up every day, we are continually learning new things about the disease. Some questions are still unanswered, but with each passing day, the world is more and more prepared to combat this deadly virus. One thing that often comes to mind is to try and compare this outbreak with similar cases from the past.
It is easy to find similarities between the coronavirus and the 1918 influenza, or diseases like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Ebola. Humanity managed to survive all of those diseases, so there is reason to be optimistic about the coronavirus as well.
However, how dangerous was all those pandemics from the past, and how similar are they to the COVID-19 coronavirus? Also, we can often hear people drawing comparisons between the coronavirus and the seasonal flu. Can we even compare the two? Well, let’s find out.
It is necessary to note that there is a large number of circumstances that determine the fallout of each and every disease. Some of those include how early we discover the disease, how contagious it is, how fatal it is, and how quickly we manage to find a vaccine.
Coronavirus And The Seasonal Flu
The seasonal flu shows up to make our lives worse every year, but it is never completely the same. The strains of the virus change every time the flu appears, so it is hard to predict how it will affect people exactly. However, the most significant difference between the seasonal flu and the COVID-19 coronavirus is that we have the medications and the vaccines we need to fight the flu. These vaccines help us prevent it and to weaken the harshness of the seasonal flu. We still do not have similar ways to deal with the coronavirus.
Another difference worth noting is that a large number of people already have residual immunity from previous cases of the seasonal flu. We have already experienced it, so our bodies are used to it, even if the strains change a bit. With the coronavirus, we do not have any immunity, and our bodies have not developed it yet. More differences between these diseases include the fact that the coronavirus is far more contagious and fatal than the seasonal flu. We all are still learning things about the COVID-19, so all of this information is incomplete
Coronavirus And SARS
Similarly to COVID-19, SARS also came out of China and spread across the world. It is a different type of coronavirus that was similarly spread through respiratory droplets, most often by coughing or sneezing. SARS had a higher death rate than COVID-19, but far fewer people actually died, since it was quickly contained. When it came to SARS, the symptoms were far more severe, so it was easier to monitor people who contracted the disease or those that were in close contact with it.
Scientists note another thing about SARS that makes it quite different from the COVID-19 coronavirus, and that is the fact that it was not built to remain in the human body for long. On the other hand, the coronavirus we are dealing with today easily spreads through the human body and grows in it.
And that is the factor that makes COVID-19 far more dangerous than SARS. SARS may have had a higher death rate, but so far, the coronavirus of 2019 has already claimed more lives, the economic repercussions were more severe, and the impact it had on the society as a whole is much larger. For now, it is crucial to stay inside the house as much as possible, follow the rules, and not bring ourselves or others into unnecessary danger, and hopefully, the COVID-19 outbreak will be forgotten in no time.