How deadly is the coronavirus? The true fatality rate is tricky to find, but researchers are getting closer

Infection fatality rate is simply the number of deaths divided by the number of infections, but finding those numbers is harder than it might seem.AP Photo/John MinchilloEarly reports from January painted a grim picture about just how deadly the coronavirus was. Initially, the World Health Organization estimated that the percentage of infected individuals who die from COVID-19 was 3.4%. That statistic is called the infection fatality rate (IFR) – or colloquially, the death rate – and means that for every hundred people infected with COVID-19, on average, between three and four would die.As tim…

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