Statement: Says the mortality rate for the flu is “right around” that of the new coronavirus. “It’s right around 2%.”

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, in Feb. 25 testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommittee

During a Senate appropriations Feb. 25 subcommittee hearing, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, said the U.S. flu mortality rate was about the same as the current estimated global mortality rate of the coronavirus outbreak.

He made this statement during an exchange with Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) regarding what the acting secretary knew about the coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19. This C-SPAN video shows the full discussion between the two.

Kennedy first asked what the

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