AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of State Health Services tweeted a warning Tuesday evening about an “unauthorized and misleading chart using the DSHS logo.”
DSHS said the chart is “:circling the internet.”READ MORE: Police: 1 Dead In Downtown Austin Mass Shooting, Juvenile Suspect Arrested
DSHS said it did not create nor approve this chart.
The chart displays flu and COVID-19 data that’s misleading to compare, the department said..READ MORE: 4 Injured After Vehicle Crashes Into MedStar Ambulance That Was Responding To Emergency
“Both flu and COVID-19 are serious diseases that have killed thousands of Texans this year,” the department said on Twitter.
The CDC estimates 12,000 to 61,000 U.S. flu deaths per year.
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“DSHS strongly encourages Texans to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 and the flu,” the department said.