Global Mortality Rate of Virus is 3.4% — 34 times the Mortality Rate of the Flu

From Worldometers as of February 27, 2020, at 0400 Greenwich Mean Time:

Total Infected: 82,166

Total Dead: 2,804

Mortality Rate: 2,804/82,166 x 100 = 3.4% mortality rate.

This means the Wuhan virus has a mortality rate of 34 times that of influenza since the influenza mortality rate is 0.1%.

34 x 0.1 = 3.4, the most up-to-date mortality rate of the Wuhan virus.

The mortality rate of the Wuhan virus has been climbing over the two weeks. It held at 2.0% for most of January and February but has now climbed to 3.4%. This means that out of 100 people, 3.4 infected with the virus will die.

It is unclear why the mortality rate has increased, whether it is because of the length of time some of the infected have had the virus and succumbed or whether there is better reporting out of China.

Regardless, those infected outside of China will give the world the best information about the mortality rate.

As far as the news that the infection rate — according to official Chinese numbers — in China is falling, the New York Times reported today:

In Asia, the Chinese authorities cautioned that the falling rate of infection might be only a temporary reprieve, while South Korean officials were still scrambling to contain the largest outbreak of the virus outside China.

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