MN Dept. of Health reacts to President Trump comparing COVID-19 to seasonal flu


After spending a few days in the hospital as a precaution after developing symptoms from a COVID-19 infection, President Donald Trump is again receiving heat for likening the coronavirus to seasonal influenza. 

Trump, who said he learned a lot about the virus, tweeted Tuesday: “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with COVID, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

Many attempts to compare COVID-19 to seasonal influenza have been made over the course of the pandemic, and once again the Minnesota Department of Health is reacting to the comparison with science and facts, issuing a response to Bring Me The News by saying “there are significant differences between seasonal flu and COVID-19.” 

“SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is a completely new virus for which no one has immunity and we don’t know yet all of the complications that it can lead to,” MDH said in the email, noting that “many people have some form of immunity to influenza.” 

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