Coronavirus, flu comparison shows drastic jump in COVID-19 deaths

Posted at 4:48 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 16:48:06-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A comparison between Indiana deaths from COVID-19 and the flu show how hard the increase in deaths hit the state.

An average of the flu deaths over the last four year shows a peak of about 182 by the end of the flu season. In Week 15 (this week), we hit 330 coronavirus deaths in Indiana.

Explore the graphic below for more information.


Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; rarely, fecal contamination.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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