Your friend is wrong. There were 37 Flu deaths in Australia in 2020. Over 900 from COVID. "In the year to the end of the 2020 season, of the 21,266 notifications of laboratory confirmed influenza, 37 (0.17%) laboratory-confirmed influenza associated deaths were notified to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS)" -National 2020 Influenza Season Summary https://www1.health.gov.au/internet...ile/National-Influenza-Season-Summary2020.pdf Also note that Flu infections that started in January were over 3000, while COVID didn't even exist in Australia, yet Flu went down, while COVID went up, that should give you an indication on the difference in transmissibility. It's all very nice for people to dismiss it as fear mongering from all the media attention, but don't be fooled, Influenza is nothing compared to what SARS-CoV-2 is capable off if left unchecked. And it's just called COVID (not "Covid Flu") "Flu" is a name taken from the Influenza family of viruses, COVID (SARS-CoV-2) is of the Coronavirus family of viruses.