COVID-19 Facts That Flatten the Fear

Original source: Flatten The Fear

November 23, 2020

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Updated as of 11-23-20

  • The CDC estimates the Covid-19 fatality rate to be just 0.26 percent.
  • For those outside of nursing homes, the infection fatality rate is estimated to be just 0.13 percent.
  • Two percentof counties in the country account for nearly half of all Covid-19 deaths nationally.
  • Ten percent of counties account for roughly three-quarters of all deaths.
  • Nationally, about one-third of Covid-19 deaths occur in nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities. In 15 states, the proportion of fatalities in these facilities amount to 50 percent or more of total Covid-19 deaths.
  • Nearly 80 percent of all Covid-19 deaths are among those over 65 years old.
  • Those aged under 55 account for just eight percent of all Covid-19 deaths.
  • The overwhelming majority of deaths are among those with other underlying medical condition. Ninety-four percent of Covid-19 deaths involve, on average, 2.6 additional conditions or causes of death.
  • Most ICU beds —in most cases75 percent or more—aren’t occupied by Covid-19 patients.
  • The resumption of elective—yet vital—surgeries is contributing to increased ICU-utilization rates around the country.
  • More children die each year from the flu than Covid-19.
  • In the U.S., the probability of being struck by lightning is higher than the chancesof a school-age child (5-14) first getting and then dying of Covid-19.
  • Children rarely display serious symptoms from Covid-19 or infect others. Some scientists believe children are a “brake”on transmissions.
  • No consistent relationship exists between K-12 schools reopening and increased spread of the coronavirus. The conversation shouldn’t be about the risks of children being at school, but the risk of them staying home.

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