BEND, OR -- Public Health Director Nahad Sadr-Azodi was asked by Deschutes County Commissioners yesterday to compare the number of deaths caused by seasonal flu to those caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Sadr-Azodi said the Center for Disease Control estimates the flu killed 20-25 thousand people last season in the U.S. So far, more than 150 thousand lives have been claimed by COVID-19 which he says is about six times more than the numkber of lu deaths this season. Health Services Director Dr. George Conway noted while the flu is a respiratory disease, the virus affects almost all organs in the body. He says recovery from the virus is usually much longer than recovery from the flu.