Ten thousand people dead. That’s the low estimate of how many Americans influenza killed between October and January 25, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. In SA, 6,000-11,000 die as a result of flu every year, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

At the time of going to press, 427 people had died from the novel coronavirus. The virus — which tends to kill older and already-sick people — has a suspected fatality rate of about 2%, substantially higher than flu’s 0.095%...

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