COVID-19 is at least 5 times deadlier than flu for hospitalized patients

By Rachael Rettner - Senior Writer 8 hours ago

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients were also at higher risk for 17 serious health complications, compared with flu patients.

COVID-19 truly is more deadly than the flu — patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were five times more likely to die than those with the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


병원 입원 COVID-19 환자들, 독감보다 5배 치명적 위험 노출 

    입원한 COVID-19 환자들 또한 독감 환자에 비해 17개의 심각한 건강 합병증에 걸릴 위험이 더 높았다.

질병관리본부의 새로운 연구에 따르면, COVID-19는 정말로 독감보다 더 치명적이다. 즉, COVID-19로 입원한 환자들이 독감에 걸린 환자들보다 사망할 확률이 5배 더 높았다.

게다가, 이 연구는 COVID-19 환자가 독감 환자에 비해 폐렴, 호흡기 장애, 혈액 응고 등 17개의 심각한 건강 합병증에 더 높은 위험에 처해 있다는 것을 발견했다. 그러나 이 연구는 입원 환자만을 대상으로 했기 때문에 두 질병 사이의 전반적인 사망률을 직접 비교할 수는 없다.

1월 초에 새로운 코로나바이러스가 발견된 이후, 사람들은 그것을 독감과 비교해왔다. 도널드 트럼프 대통령은 이달 들어서만 해도 CVID-19가 독감보다 훨씬 덜 치명적이라는 글을 트위터에 올리면서 비난을 샀는데, 이 글은 곧 COVID-19에 대한 잘못된 정보를 퍼뜨렸다는 이유로 플래그가 붙었다고 NBC뉴스는 전했다.

증가하는 증거는 COVID-19가 독감보다 더 심각하다는 것을 보여준다.

화요일(10월 20일) CDC 저널 '질병성 및 사망률 주간 보고서'에 발표된 새로운 연구에서 연구진은 전국 재향군인보건청 병원의 데이터를 사용하여 COVID-19와 독감의 합병증을 비교했다. 저자들은 2020년 3월 1일부터 5월 31일까지 COVID-19로 입원한 환자 약 4,000명과 2018년 10월 1일부터 2020년 2월 1일까지 독감으로 입원한 환자 5,400명 이상이 정보를 분석했다.

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What's more, the study found COVID-19 patients were at higher risk for 17 additional, serious health complications, including pneumonia, respiratory failure and blood clots, compared with flu patients. However, because the study only looked at hospitalized patients, it can't directly compare overall mortality rates between the two diseases.

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Ever since the new coronavirus was discovered in early January, people have compared it with the flu. As recently as this month, President Donald Trump drew criticism when he posted on Twitter that COVID-19 is "far less lethal" than the flu; the post was quickly flagged for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, according to NBC News.

Mounting evidence shows that COVID-19 is more severe than flu.

In the new study, published Tuesday (Oct. 20) in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the researchers compared complications from COVID-19 and flu using data from Veterans Health Administration hospitals nationwide. The authors analyzed information from nearly 4,000 patients — with an average age of 70 — hospitalized with COVID-19 from March 1 through May 31 2020, and more than 5,400 patients — average age of 69 — hospitalized with flu from Oct. 1, 2018 through Feb. 1, 2020.

Overall, 21% of COVID-19 patients died while hospitalized, compared with only 4% of flu patients — a more than five-fold difference. In addition, COVID-19 patients had more than double the risk of being admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), and their length of stay was nearly three times as long. But these numbers take into account only those who were hospitalized. 

But evidence suggests a greater fraction of people who are infected with COVID-19 will need hospitalization than those who contract the flu, so COVID-19 is likelier more than five times deadlier than flu in the population overall. According to estimates from the CDC, about 1% of people who got sick with the flu were hospitalized during the 2019-2020 season. In contrast, up to 20% of COVID-19 patients may require hospitalization, according to early estimates from the World Health Organization.   

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