Sen. Kennedy Grills DHS Chief Chad Wolf on Virus Mortality Rates
Homeland security chief Chad Wolf suggested Tuesday the flu is as dangerous as coronavirus, even though China’s virus seems to be ten times as deadly.
In a budget hearing with the Senate’s appropriations committee, Wolf was asked by GOP Sen. John Kennedy about the death rate from coronavirus, and then about the seasonal flu:
Kennedy: What is the mortality rate so far?
Wolf: Worldwide, I believe it’s under two percent.
Kennedy: How much under two percent?
Wolf: I’ll get you an exact figure, I’ll check with CDC on their monitoring [of] the worldwide mortality rate and I will get that for you.
Kennedy: But you don’t know the mortality rate today?
Wolf: It changes daily senator
Kennedy: Well, I understand that. What’s the average since we discovered the virus?
Wolf: Again, it is under two percent. It was as high as three. Numbers were recalculated based on reporting.
Kennedy: Is it between one and a half and two [percent]??
Wolf: It’s between one and a half and two percent.
Kennedy: Okay, what’s the mortality rate for influenza over the last, say ten years in America?
Wolf: It’s also right around that percentage as well. I don’t have that offhand but it’s right around two percent as well.
Kennedy: You sure about that?
Wolf: It’s a little bit. Yes, sir.
The mortality rate from the flu os 0.1 percent, according to MedicineNet.com.
DHS Secretary Chad Wolf claims the mortality rate for coronavirus is similar to the flu, both at about 2%. Senator Kennedy says “are you sure of that?” and the secretary doubles down.
The mortality rate for seasonal flu is closer to 0.1%: pic.twitter.com/Fo6nfQrbni
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) February 25, 2020
Wolf’s performance got poor reviews in the media.
The Washington Post wrote: