National Post (National Edition)

COVID-19 THREE TIMES DEADLIER THAN THE FLU, STUDY FINDS

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The severity of the pandemic was brought into sharp relief by a new study reported on Wednesday that COVID-19 is 3.5 times more deadly than influenza. The study, which looked at hospitaliz­ations for the flu between November 2019 and June 2020 in seven large Canadian hospitals, also found COVID patients needed more intensive-care treatment and stayed in hospital longer than those with influenza. “We can now say definitive­ly that COVID-19 is much more severe than seasonal influenza,” Dr. Amol Verma, of St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto, said in a news release. To date, Canada has seen more than 810,000 cases, with deaths approachin­g 21,000.

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