A new study was published by the University of Washington in the Health Affairs journal, which stated that the virus that has brought upon us the pandemic is proving to be more deadly than any other flu. The study tried to emphasize on the importance of coming up with better tactics and medical weapons, against the virus plaguing the U.S., failing which, the country could suffer irrevocable impacts of all kinds. The coronavirus’ mortality rate has been calculated to be 1.3% of the people who develop symptoms of the virus. Whereas, the seasonal flu has a relatively lower rate of 0.3% deaths. Anirban Basu, Professor of Health Economics, and Stergachis Family Endowed Director of the CHOICE Institute, UW School of Pharmacy, believes that there is no need to discuss further if the coronavirus is deadlier than the influenza virus as it is seen in the increasing number of patients across the world.
Professor Basu further added, “The overall estimate can both increase or decrease in the future, depending on the demographics where the infections will be spreading. It is possible, as the infection spreads to more rural counties of the country, the overall infection fatality rate will increase due to the lack of access to necessary health care delivery.” According to estimation, if the current situation does not get better, with the relaxation of the implementation of social distancing and lockdown norms, close to 3.5-10 lakh U.S. citizens could lose their lives to the pandemic by the end of the year.
Professor Basu also said that this estimate might not be completely accurate; however, the study and estimation was based on the prescribed methods of deduction and prediction. An effective and quick solution needs to be devised to counter the spread of the virus, or it will prove detrimental to the future of the world.