Many are saying that the response to the corona virus is disproportionate when compared to the flu. These are the statistics comparing the two per John Hopkins Medicine. Keep in mind the length of time the corona virus has been in existence.
COVID-19 - Approximately 435,000 cases worldwide; 55,225 cases in the US as of yesterday.
FLU - Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the US per year.
COVID-19 - Approximately 19,625 deaths reported worldwide; 802 deaths in the US as of yesterday.
FLU - 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the US per year.