In the News: Why the Coronavirus is Worse than the Flu and When to Seek Medical Attention

Dr. Maximo Brito, MPH in Epidemiology '10 and professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, was interviewed by Chicago Health Magazine on the differences between seasonal flu and COVID-19.  He explains the exponential affect of exposure to people even with mild symptoms.

Seasonal flu is more or less predictable at this point. Provided it’s not a pandemic influenza, we can estimate approximately how many people are going to get the seasonal flu every year, and we can estimate how many of those people will die from it. So we kind of know that enemy. We don’t know coronavirus.

Dr. Maximo Brito  |  MPH in Epidemiology '10

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