GEORGIA — For the second week in a row, the number of flu deaths increased in Georgia, state health officials said. A wide share of Americans express more concern about catching the flu over the new coronavirus, according to a new poll, and are moderately confident in the ability of U.S. health officials to handle emerging viruses like coronavirus.

About 4 in 10 Americans say they are moderately worried about catching the flu, according to the poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, compared with 2 in 10 who are concerned about catching coronavirus. The level of concern is appropriate, researchers say, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 29 million flu-related illnesses in the United States this year, according to the center’s report for the week ending Feb. 15. This is compared to only 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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