The Googlest, Apparently!
Not as cut and dried as that.Do people not realise how many people die each year from the flu? Just in Australia alone we have a few thousand deaths annually. At most what, maybe 1000 people worldwide will die from this particular strain
Flu season is short lived, usually just seasonal (but can spread as the seasons develop in the different hemispheres).
People often mistake the flu for a bad cold, since flu symptoms mimic a cold, and do nothing about it. When you catch the flu, you might experience coughing, sneezing, runny nose, hoarse voice, and a sore throat, all the same as a cold.
The spanish flu pandemic of 1915 - 1919 will not repeat due to the fact we have readily available vaccinations which would drastically reduce the spread and dead. It did not hit Australia till 1919 due to the seasonal aspect.
Further, we had huge amounts of people already in a weakened state with low immune resistance due to WWI and rationing.
That is why the the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968 did not reach the same levels of the Spanish Flu, people were more resilient and a vaccination became available at it's peak (the same broad spectrum one we use today).
We have no vaccine for coraona.
Also, influenza deaths have tended to be more common in children younger than 5 and in adults older than 50, this one shows no age characteristic or profile.
And on top of that, according to WHO, 25 per cent of people infected so far are getting severe illness and require hospitalisation. This is higher than run of the mill influenza (flu) and much higher than the common cold, hence the international concern.
You are not comparing apples with apples.