Coronavirus Outbreak; 10 Common Misconceptions

10. You’re more likely to get influenza than coronavirus

Influenza has been around for ages, and the virus is widespread throughout the planet. As such, we have more contact with influenza than COVID-19. However, the immune system is also more prepared against influenza. That’s why scientists estimate that one person infected with the new coronavirus variant is estimated to infect 2.2 other people. In comparison, one person infected by influenza is estimated to infect 1.3 other people. As such, COVID-19 is more likely to be transmitted than influenza because our immune system is not yet prepared for it.


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