Flu is a serious illness too

In mid-September Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young made a public comment that pitted the severity of COVID-19 against influenza in a bid to justify the continued border closure.

She said, unlike influenza, COVID-19 was no longer considered a respiratory disease but a serious multisystem disorder.

“That might be how it’s transmitted in the main, but it’s not flu,” she was reported as saying in The Australian.1

While the influenza virus would kill a small number of people each year, most would

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