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New study suggests COVID-19’s death rate similar to flu’s

A new study suggests that the death rate for the COVID-19 is similar to what we experience annually with the flu during the winter season.

The study conducted by Justin Silverman and Alex Washburne and first reported in The Economist, says that the number of people infected with COVID-19 is much higher than initially reported dramatically lowering the death rate percentage.

This is because a large portion of the population has come down with COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms or very mild symptoms and did not seek medical help and were not tested. Once these people are included, the death rate calculations fall dramatically. Silverman and Washburne suggest that the death rate is closer to .1% putting it at flu rates. READ: Study: Coronavirus Fatality Rate Lower than Expected, Close to Flu’s 0.1%

A study in England is showing similar results. It also concluded that more people have come down with COVID-19 than previously thought making the death rate is much lower. Their study suggests a death rate at .66%. READ: Study: Coronavirus Mortality Rate Lower than Expected 

Meanwhile Germany, which has done extensive testing for COVID-19 among its full population, not just those who are sick, reports a .37% death rate. READ: German study shows coronavirus mortality rate of 0.37%, five times lower than widely reported numbers

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