On March 4, 2020, when the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic was only 11, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and host Anderson Cooper compared the outbreak to the seasonal flu.
"Half the people in America do not get a flu shot, and the flu is far deadlier" Cooper noted. "So if you're freaked out at all about coronavirus, you should be more concerned about the flu and actually do something about it, which is get a flu shot."
Dr. Sanjay Gupta agreed: "15,000 people have already died of the flu this season, a couple of years ago 60,000 people died of the flu."
CNN reported on March 4, 2020.