Editorial: New coronavirus is far more dangerous than seasonal flu

People keep a social distance from one another to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to get coffee at a shop in the 700 block of North Western Avenue on May 2, 2020, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

A fair number of people have let themselves be misled by the notion that the new coronavirus is no more lethal than seasonal influenza. Some are asking, not all of them politely, why social distancing, shuttered workplaces and a springtime without sports are necessary.