‘You do not divide the deaths into the total population. Ever! Never!’

Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, also took issue with the study, particularly because — unlike COVID-19 — the flu is already treatable because of the presence of annual vaccinations. “Not everyone is susceptible to the flu. Everyone is susceptible to COVID-19,” Noymer told the newspaper. “These flu comparisons are missing the forest for the trees.”