Thursday, April 23, 2020

TWO NEW STUDIES: Stanford University and USC show coronavirus much less deadly than we’ve been told, with a fatality rate like a seasonal flu

The studies, conducted by public health officials and scientists at Stanford University and the University of Southern California, show the estimates of the number of people infected in those counties were far, far higher than the number of confirmed cases.

After adjustments intended to account for differences between the sample and the population of the county as a whole, the researchers estimated that the prevalence of antibodies was between 2.5 percent and a bit more than 4 percent. The county’s population is 1.9 million.

The coronavirus may be much less deadly than originally expected, with a fatality rate more closely resembling that of a seasonal flu strain than a pandemic of profound lethality.

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