COVID-19 Coronavirus: Just Like the Flu or Worse???

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I repeatedly hear people say that SARS CoV-2 coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19) is "just like the flu". Let's discuss that in greater depth in this video. Then you can decide if you think that makes sense or not. This video represents my own views based on what I have read and what I believe to be true as of March 18, 2020. Obviously, this is a rapidly changing situation and our knowledge is still limited. Things may change a lot over time. Stay safe. Wash your hands. Avoid crowds and large social events. This video is for education only. I'm not your doctor and you are not my patient, so I cannot give you formal medical advice. If you have questions about your personal health situation, please talk to your own doctor. Best wishes for good health to you! Jerad

My original video about why I think COVID-19 is a serious threat and not just hype:

Excellent video by my friend and colleague, Dr. Sanjay Mukhopadhyay:
"COVID-19 can kill: a lung pathologist explains what ARDS means and why it's important"

Additional reading that may be useful:
- Johns Hopkins world map showing all known cases of coronavirus:
- CDC COVID-19 page:
- WHO COVID-19 page:

Articles discussing COVID-19 vs influenza:
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Flatten the Curve graphic in thumbnail is from the CDC

Presented by Jerad M. Gardner, MD.
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