Study finds that COVID-19 is still deadlier than the flu

A new JAMA study found that COVID-19 remains deadlier than the flu, with 35 percent higher mortality in hospitalized patients between October 2023 and March 2024. Although the overall risk of death from COVID-19 has declined over time, it is still “substantially higher” than the risk of death from the flu. The study contradicts common narratives on social media that falsely claim that COVID-19 is “just like the flu.” 

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