Annual Flu Activity Is Still High Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio The world’s attention is trained on coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Every day, there’s news the virus has entered yet another country. But, compared to the annual flu season, the numbers of cases aren’t anywhere near comparable. At the end of last week, there were some 80,000 cases of coronavirus, and roughly 2,700 deaths. By comparison, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 280 million cases of the flu, 16,000 deaths and 280,000 hospitalizations worldwide this year. Guests Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Dean Blumberg Correction: A previous version of this page incorrectly described the relationship between coronavirus and COVID-19. It has been corrected.