Flu may be back, but COVID is far from over. How do they compare?

Paul P Glasziou, David A Henry

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Since Australia’s first Omicron wave after borders opened late last year, the pandemic has largely faded from the news and public perception. Gone are the daily briefings with updates on the numbers of cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

But this perception doesn’t match reality. While hospitalisation and death rates have been relatively lower than earlier waves – thanks to the vaccination rollout and naturally acquired immunity – 95% of all Australia’s COVID cases have occurred since the New Year. The daily rate of infections continues in the tens of thousands.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2022


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