Morbidity and Mortality in Russia from Flue in 2008-2019

Ramilya R. Khasanova – Senior Researcher of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Candidate of Economic Sciences (Moscow, Russia). E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At present the world community is preoccupied with the unfolding of the new coronavirus pandemic COVID-19. The number of pandemic-related cases and death toll globally and in Russia is surging. Quite often this disease and mortality rate compare with seasonal flue. Analysis of the current statistics of cases and the death toll from seasonal flu demonstrate deviations depending on the year; the highest rates were registered during the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and the flu pandemic in 2016.

Conducted analysis demonstrates that coronavirus as flu can infect a person at any age. Mortality rates from COVID-19 demonstrate higher mortality rate in older age groups; similar picture was observed with flu pandemic in 2016. However, the coronavirus related mortality rates are higher than from flu (January 2020).

Key words: coronavirus, COVID-19, flue, pneumonia, morbidity, mortality.