Also, I find comparisons with flu irritating and misleading. We pretty much know the epidemiology and pathology of flu viruses. More than 6 months in, we're still learning a lot about SARS-CoV-2, for example a new thing is 'Long COVID'. Why is it killing some young and otherwise healthy people? How is it affecting the liver, kidneys, circulatory system, cognition etc.? It is NOT like the flu, even severe types.
I took the above comments as relating solely to death rate comparisons rather than the nature of the pathogen.