MONDAY, February 15, 2021 ( News) – The risk of death from COVID-19 is three times more than seasonal. The fluResearchers in Canada say.

Their findings are similar to recent studies in the United States and France. The study was published on 10 February Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“We can now say with certainty that COVID-19 is a lot more severe than seasonal influenza,” researcher Dr. at the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Amol Verma said.

“In Ontario, hospitalized patients with COVID-19 are at 3.5 times higher risk of death, 1.5 times more likely to be ICU and 1.5 times longer,” he said in a news release. These patients were also more likely to be implanted A ventilator.

Verma’s team compared flu and COVID-related hospitals in Toronto and nearby Mississauga between November 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Both have large populations and high COVID infection rates.

During the study period, there were 783 hospitals for the flu in 763 patients and 1,027 hospitals with COVID in 972 patients. During that time represented almost a quarter of all COVID hospitals throughout the province of Ontario.

About 1 in 5 COVID patients were younger than 50, and about 1 in 4 intensive care admissions in that age group.

While many believe that COVID-19 primarily affects older people, “it can also cause very serious illness in younger adults,” Varma said.

He stated that adults under 50 were responsible for 20% of COVID hospitalizations. Universal epidemic. According to the study, 1 in 50 adults had less than 50 required care and approximately 1 in 10 had to be hospitalized.

It is true, Verma said, that COVID hits older adults the hardest.

“We found that among adults over 75 years of age who were hospitalized with COVID-19, about 40% died in hospital,” he said.

Researchers said that COVID can be much more dangerous than the flu because people have low levels of immunity New coronavirus Compared to seasonal flu. Previous flu infections and vaccinations have helped people build Immunity For the disease.

“Hopefully, the severity of COVID-19 will decrease over time as people are vaccinated against the virus and more treatments are identified. Unfortunately, there is also the possibility that variants of the virus are even more severe. Can be, ”said Vale.

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Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, news release, February 10, 2021