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Coronavirus or flu? WHO clarification

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The World Health Organization explained how COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus differs from normal seasonal flu, and what are the similarities between the two diseases.

So, as noted in the daily WHO newsletter, both ailments cause respiratory illness, which can lead to the most serious consequences.

In addition, most viruses are transmitted by airborne droplets, as well as through fomites – objects containing pathogenic microorganisms.

In this regard, it is very important to follow simple rules: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and cover your mouth with a handkerchief when coughing.

As for the differences, the most basic of them are different propagation rates, the duration of the incubation period and the interval between subsequent infections.

For example, the incubation period for seasonal flu is about three days, and for COVID-19 it is five to six days.

WHO has also found that coronavirus disease affects adults more often than children. In the case of influenza, the opposite is true: minors often become the source of infection.

According to information from China, children are more likely to become infected with coronavirus from adults than adults from children.

In addition, with coronavirus infection, the disease is difficult in 15 percent of cases and in 5 percent it is extremely difficult, the mortality rate is 3-4 percent. For seasonal flu, these rates are significantly lower.

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Currently, 20 vaccines against coronavirus are being developed in the world, but not one of them has received a license.

As it became known on March 7, four more Russians became infected with the coronavirus. Three of those infected are in Lipetsk, another woman is in the Botkin Hospital in St. Petersburg, her condition is satisfactory. The sick have traveled to Italy in the past two weeks.


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