Behind the numbers: the short answer is yes, and scientists still have much to learn about it
Covid-19 and influenza are both respiratory diseases, but there are important differences, which statistics can help us understand.
First, Sars-CoV-2 is more infectious than seasonal flu. We’re used to hearing about the reproduction number R, the average number of people whom someone with the virus will infect. In a population without immunity and policies such as social distancing, R for Sars-CoV-2 is now estimated to be around 3. New mutations have raised R further.