WHO says coronavirus death rate is 3.4% globally, higher than the 2% previously thought

WHO says coronavirus death rate is 3.4% globally, higher than the 2% previously thought. By Berkeley Lovelace.

World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.

“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. In comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected [about 0.15%], he said.

The World Health Organization had said last week that the mortality rate of COVID-19 can differ, ranging from 0.7% to up to 4%, depending on the quality of the health-care system where it’s treated. Early in the outbreak, scientists had concluded the death rate was around 2.3%.

Assuming 60% of Australians catch it before vaccines are available, a death rate of 0.7% is  105,000 Australians, while a 4% death rate means 600,000 Australians will die. Vaccines soon please!