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Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Death Rates Vary Widely from Country to Country

Staggering statistics are published daily regarding the novel #coronavirus commonly known as #Covid-19, that has swept the world in the first quarter of 2020, however death rates vary widely from country to country.

As of the writing of this article, March 24, 2020, there are 392,440 world wide cases of Coronavirus or Covid-19 per worldometers.info.  Most people recover, however the death rates are said (by some) to be higher than the annual flu rates.  The worldwide mortality rate is thought to be 4%.

Let’s look at how countries compare. Continue reading Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Death Rates Vary Widely from Country to Country

How Does the World Manage Seasonal Influenza with So Much Less Publicity than Covid-19?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in a December 2019 article information stating that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in a 2017 study that 290,000-650,000 global deaths from respiratory causes alone are associated with influenza.

NIH revisited these numbers in their own study and estimated 389,000 (uncertainty range 294,000-518,000) respiratory deaths were associated with influenza globally each year.  Their methods are included in the article linked at the end of this post.

Of these, 67% of the deaths were among people 65 years and older, and the A(H1N1)pdm09 subtype was associated with higher influenza-associated mortality.

Despite these figures, and to my knowledge, the news media has not reported any non-Covid-19 influenza-associated quarantines, medical supply deficits or financial market effects as has been reported of #Coronavirus #Covid-19.

In this current flu season, there are currently 17,244 deaths associated with Novel Coronavirus Covid-19.  These deaths have been reported over a period of three months, with deaths from the original epicenter of the pandemic declining drastically within the same period of three months.

There are three main medical groups that post statistics for the seasonal flu:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinated by WHO – estimates 290,000 to 650,000 global deaths from respiratory causes alone, that are associated with influenza

The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) – estimated a range of 99,000 to 200,000 annual deaths from respiratory tract infections directly attributable to influenza.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) – estimates 294,000 to 518,000 influenza-associated respiratory global deaths annually.

These numbers are indicative of mortality alone.  Per WHO there are an estimated 1 billion persons globally who are affected by influenza, each year, even with vaccines available.