Coronavirus is not the flu. It’s worse.

Coronavirus is not the flu. It’s worse.

Send this to anyone who still thinks Covid-19 is basically the same as the flu.

Read more about the coronavirus pandemic at http://vox.com/coronavirus

Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has similar symptoms to the flu. They also spread in similar ways. So it’s natural to want to compare the two. But Covid-19 is very different, in ways that make it much more dangerous. And understanding how is key to understanding why we have to take it so seriously.

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89 Responses

  1. ducc says:

    Temp cure: *Social Distancing*

    Me: *Well, that’s an easy fix.*

  2. Andrew Wardle says:

    Question: How long can you suffer from it once you start feeling sick and how long after you are “over it” do you stay infectious for??

    • Verum Perditio says:

      There is a guy who was a passenger on the diamond princess who tested positive for Coronavirus for 100 days. He has a youtube channel “The REAL David Abel”. So I’ll let you do the research.

    • GachaLiv Studios says:

      Andrew Wardle I don’t have it but 2 weeks maybe for the sick part. Though me feeling sick feels normal rip me

    • randomdogdog says:

      @L0re Online The quarantine time (in my country we call it isolation) is to check if you have the virus. As the video said, it can take 14 days for the symptoms to come out. If you catch the virus you will get sick. Well, until we get a vaccine…

    • big barry says:

      Normally you would have to undergo two consecutive negative tests spaced across few days. Not sure how they deal with this virus, especially if tests are only 20% sensitive.

    • Jesse Madrid says:

      Don’t listen to any of these answers. No one exactly knows the answer to your question yet, Not even scientists.

  3. Bill Russell says:

    1920: There will be flying cars in the future

    2020: how to wash your hands

  4. Isa Rodrigues says:

    “Stay home”
    Hahaha I do that everyday

  5. Cool Kurt says:

    Me in 2050: I survived loneliness,covid19 and world war three.

  6. The Super Psycho Killer says:

    Not being with people and staying home. That’s like most of my days.

  7. Isaac Annan Jr says:

    Future grandson in the year 2060: Hey grandad you want a corona? (beer)
    Grandpa: instant PTSD flashback to 2020

  8. Juicetheeunuch says:

    Maybe in January, VOX shouldn’t have said that the flu is worse…

    • Wander the Nomad says:

      @brickswisher That’s what I was considering as a cure. A vaccine.

    • bowez9 says:

      @Teethgrinder 83 just because there isn’t a vaccine doesn’t mean people don’t have a tolerance to it. Reports list at least 10% of infections being asymptomatic.
      Mortality for Covid only approaches 1% for those 60+, were as Flu is fatal for both young and old.

    • brickswisher says:

      @Wander the Nomad Well covid-19 will likely have a vaccine by “next season”.

    • Steven Hershberger says:

      Teethgrinder 83 — Do you think more people are currently hospitalized (and dying) right now from Influenza or CoVid-19? These aren’t hard numbers to find. (*Spoiler:* It’s Influenza. Shocker.)

    • Teethgrinder 83 says:

      @bowez9 I don’t get your point. That means those who have no symptoms may pass it on to others spreading it more and then still fueling the need for more hospital admissions. In the end social distancing is needed to avoid the strain on hospitals

  9. redmoonspider says:

    “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit…it’s the only way to be sure.

  10. Ivan Hernandez Sedano says:

    “iTs JuSt ThE fLu”

  11. 80greaty says:

    You know things are bad when everyone’s forgotten about 4/20 month

  12. Breezy says:

    *Stay inside as much as possible*

    Me: Oh, I’m a pro at this.

  13. Adam Lee says:

    I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m living through a huge historical event. Times are just so strange

    • Matthew Layford says:

      Don’t forget the Iraq War, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Libyan Civil War, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the Syrian Civil War.

    • brickswisher says:

      @jase verez 7 billion, also a historical event.

    • I don't care if Epstein killed himself or not says:

      @Spero Brown I wanted to say hte same. It’s like I’m in some B-grade science fiction movie.

    • Tom Mitchell says:

      Mazera DeVille Idk how old you are but you’d have to be at least like 25 to even vaguely remember 9/11, which imo was the last major event that caused a comparable level of disruption. Also not sure why you started talking about Bolivar but I’d say he’s a pretty iconic historical figure, even more so in Bolivarian countries obviously.

    • Cairo M says:

      @Khalid Rashada A virus with a 1-3% mortality rate won”t end the world.

  14. Ryan Mosher says:

    Me: **at home**
    Government: “Stay at home”
    Me: “Great, well now I don’t want to”

  15. Itz CypherZ says:

    Only a month ago you guys tweeted saying it won’t become a pandemic…….

    • JASON BILBREY says:

      cause its not…

    • Sabrina Brooks says:

      @JASON BILBREY 🤦🏼‍♀️ I hope you’re joking

    • Denise Milfort says:

      and because they’re not reliable. @ 2 minutes they compare US yearly casualty for the flu with corona virus casualties worldwide? How is that even a comparison? US population 327 MILLION, World population 7 Billion. Terrible terrible job Vox, terrible!

    • Overlord6 says:

      Denise Milfort It’s showing how quickly the virus is killing people. It’s pretty early and it’s already comparable to US flu casualties.

  16. Prashant Vyas says:

    Everyone says STAY HOME
    Homeless: are we a joke to you 🥺

  17. H T Awesome says:

    “Stay away from others”
    Introverts: Got it.

  18. Just Look at the Flowers says:

    Nobody:
    Some anti-vax mom named Karen: *It’s just a cold*

    • The Realist says:

      I’m anti vaccines, you can take yours and I don’t care whether you do or you don’t.
      So why do you care about people who don’t?

    • radiocage says:

      i wish it was just some no name who said that, instead it was pretty much every media outlet and politician in january and february. And yesterday 1000 people died from it in the US.

    • Sam Bingham says:

      @The Realist Because you put that on your kids and relations – absolutely moronic stance.

    • The Second Mexican Empire says:

      The Realist
      Anti-vaccines? Oh brother

    • Jake says:

      @The Realist youre right, we should totally just stop trying to help anti-vaxers come to their senses and let natural selection run its course.

  19. AkiraTheGodEater says:

    *2 weeks ago-*
    People: it’s not even that bad it’s just another flu…
    *Today-*
    Oh… well…

  20. GOV'NER says:

    “Hold up..Its april fools day”

    It must be just a flu then

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