Although coronavirus merits watching, as evidenced by the World Health Organization declaration late last month of a global health emergency, there’s another killer already at large among us that we can’t afford to ignore.

Also in January, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the 2019-2020 flu season, which is well underway, was shaping up to be one of the worst in decades. Perhaps worse even than the 2017-2018 season, during which about 40 million people got sick and about 79,000 people died of the flu in the United States, according to the CDC.

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