COVID-19 pandemic has strained hospitals far beyond normal flu

January 25, 2021

Washington Examiner

“We’ve never been inundated with cases of flu like we have with COVID-19. There’s really no comparison,” said Dr. Aisha Terry, an emergency physician and associate professor of emergency medicine and health policy at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

A comparison of weekly hospitalizations using data from Johns Hopkins and influenza data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that COVID-19 hospitalizations are often five to 10 times greater than those for the flu.

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