A key difference between the flu and COVID-19 is that COVID-19 requires a higher rate of hospital stays. 1 in 5 people with COVID-19 require a hospital stay, the medium length of stay is two weeks. The flu, on the other hand, can typically be treated at home.
However, these statistics are based on reported cases of both the flu and COVID-19 and, for both, many cases go unreported.
Conservative indications are about half a million deaths in the US, this season. That means someone you know will die from this.
This will get so much worse before it gets better and I am not a doom and gloomer. Good luck. Hang tight. See you at the end of summer for the first wave.
I cannot express how bad next week will be.
I'm posting this so I came come back in a week, month, or year to see how today's expectations match the reality of this season's pandemic.