Back in early January, before COVID-19 became the flavor of the day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, told CNN that the 2019-20 flu season was going to be a bad one.
“The initial indicators indicate this is not going to be a good season — this is going to be a bad season.”
He added that it was on course to be as severe as the 2017-2018 flu season when over 61,000 people died from the flu. Nearly 51,000 of the deaths involved people who were 65 or older.
I am not sure if this is significant, but the flu and coronavirus can have similar symptoms and several states, including New York and Ohio, are classifying people as COVID deaths without even testing them, as long as they show symptoms.
Breaking News: New York City’s coronavirus death toll soared past 10,000 after officials added more than 3,700 people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it. https://t.co/NXpgwwltWi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 14, 2020