BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Health professionals across the country have expressed concern that President Donald Trump’s inaccurate comparison of the flu and COVID-19 would give Americans a false sense of the security that the coronavirus Is not extremely dangerous.

“Without a doubt, we are not out of the woods. I want to be clear, we are not out of the woods,” Dr. Ashwin Dharmadhikari with Sinai Hospital said.

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Dr. Dharmadhikari, like many doctors across the nation, is focused on emphasizing the severity of the coronavirus. Many physicians are urgently reminding Americans that in the span of just seven months, the virus has proven to be more deadly than the seasonal flu.


“I would say to individuals who are hearing this message, take coronavirus very seriously. It has killed a lot of Americans. We remain at risk as we go into the winter months,” Dr. Dharmadhikari said.

In Baltimore, there are mixed reviews on the president’s coronavirus comments after he was released from the hospital.

“They criticize him no matter what he does,” Walter Tracey said. “I think he’s just saying you can’t just let everything stop just because of this virus, you got to try to make the best of it.”

“Around 210,000 people have died now from the coronavirus, and for him to come out of the hospital and try to prove his point that it’s not that big of a deal, not to let it worry you, I think it’s angering because it is worrisome to a lot of people,” Jack Barrett, of Baltimore, said.

Doctors are also concerned about the so-called twin-pandemic of the flu and COVID-19 in the fall. Doctors say it’s still unknown how both viruses will interact with each other in the fall.

“Each virus could make the manifestation of the other one worse,” Dr. Dharmadhikari said. “Look for accurate, scientifically valid info and go with that.”

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

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  1. chrissfarmer says:

    Listen to the medical experts not Trump!

    COVID & the seasonal flu are a big deal to millions of people who are older or already have compromised health.

    COVID has killed kids & perfectly healthy people, not just older folks. Average citizens can not get the medical care Trump can, they can not get the drugs he was given. It is 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu (that you can get a vaccine for) There is no COVID vaccine, there is no COVID cure – it kills people, it’s serious, folks! Wear a mask, social distance, stay home when you can. Walter Reed will not treat you in the presidential suite if YOU get COVID.

    Vote for Biden, he will take COVID on seriously, listen to experts and not pretend like COVID is no big deal or masks are just a prop for a photo op, like Trump’s Bible. Thanks to Trump America is one of the most deadly countries in the world for COVID. A greater percentage of us die from it than people in most so called third world countries despite the USA having excellent medical care. Trump is literally killing people with his lies.

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