COVID-19 is also more deadly than seasonal influenza. The crude mortality rate for COVID-19, based on confirmed cases to date, is currently estimated by the WHO to be between 3-4%, with seasonal influenza sitting well below 0.1%. However, it is important to note that these figures are heavily influenced by the availability of quality healthcare, and by case data. -- [source]
What is the denominator?
Finally, some numbers are coming out about the denominator. Using Dr. Bhattacharya's lower estimate - 2.8 % - the global number of infected people would be around .028 X 7,000,000,000 = 196,000,000.
The death rate, as of today from worldOmeter, would be about 161,126 / 196,000,000 = .08%, not 7%.
So it's more like the seasonal flu, after all.
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