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Stephen King decries comparisons between coronavirus and ‘The Stand'

Stephen King is denouncing comparisons between his 1978 novel “The Stand” and the coronavirus.

Social media users have drawn comparisons between the two due to the novel’s premise: The release of an influenza strain causes an apocalyptic pandemic, killing over 99% of the population.

And though the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has already killed 22 people in the United States and almost 4,000 worldwide, it has still claimed fewer lives than the flu. So far this season, there have been 18,000 deaths from flu in the U.S.

In an attempt to lay the comparisons to rest, the author, 72, took to Twitter Monday to share his thoughts.

“No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions,” he said.

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