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Survival rates after contracting COVID

The COVID virus
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So how many people over the age of 70 died if they contracted COVID — 50%, 60% or 70%? The actual number is 5.5%. In other words, 94.5% of the people over the age of 70 survived if they came down with COVID.

If a person over the age of 70 was well enough to not be living in a care home, their survival rate was actually higher — 97.6% survived COVID if they caught the virus.

With the mainstream media pummelling with us with bad news about COVID, we have a very distorted view of how deadly COVID actually is. There is no doubt that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are vulnerable to the virus.

Two Stanford University professors, Catherine Axfors and John P.A. Ioannidis recently published the stats of survival rates by age group, if they contracted the virus. (Note: this is from their pre-print version of their article submitted to medRix. This means it has yet to be peer-reviewed.):

70+97.6% (non institutionalized, not in a care home)
70+94.5% (all)

READ: Infection fatality rate of COVID-19 in community-dwelling populations with emphasis on the elderly: An overview

So while politicians and health officials locked down countries, states and provinces, they failed to protect the those who were actually vulnerable to the virus.

A little known fact about Canada’s COVID stats:

69% of Canada’s COVID deaths lived in care homes.

We need to respect COVID, not be terrified of it.

The following data, provided by, breaks down the Canadian COVID death rates by age as of Aug 27, 2021. It reveals that only 1,605 of Canada’s 26,755 COVID were under the age of 60:

AgeCOVID deaths
70-795, 435

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