Rumor on social media says Covid-19 is less lethal than flu: scientists say false

Many publications shared on social networks claim to relay estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the number of people infected with Covid-19. According to these, Covid-19 would be less dangerous or less lethal than the flu.

It is however false. Correctly established, the “case fatality rate” of the Covid is much higher than the seasonal flu, explain scientists and the WHO, interviewed by Agence France Presse (AFP). Other criteria, such as contagiousness or inflammatory risks, show that Covid is more dangerous than the flu.

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