Earlier this morning, President Trump falsely claimed in a tweet that coronavirus is “in most populations far less lethal" than the flu.
More people in the United States have died already from coronavirus than those who died from influenza during the past five flu seasons combined.
Here's a look at the numbers: The first person known to have died from coronavirus in the United States died on Feb. 29, according to Johns Hopkins University. Seven months later, more than 210,000 Americans are dead. Remember, the “typical” flu season runs about 7 months, from October to April.
According to CDC estimates, this is how many Americans have died from the flu in recent seasons:
- 2019-2020: 22,000 (preliminary)
- 2018-2019: 34,000 (preliminary)
- 2017-2018: 61,000 (preliminary)
- 2016-2017: 38,000
- 2015-2016: 23,000
- 2014-2015: 51,000
- 2013-2014: 38,000
- 2012-2013: 43,000
- 2011-2012: 12,000
- 2010-2011: 37,000
About 178,000 people died in the five flu seasons running from 2015 until 2020, while more than 210,000 people died of coronavirus this year.