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Questions Persist Over Coronavirus Fatality Rate

2020年02月06日 20:33 来源于 分分快三代理-分分快三
Data discrepancies, biases and other factors are clouding the picture of just how deadly the outbreak could be
Medical staff wearing protective suits treat patients in the emergency room of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University on Feb. 4. Photo: Ding Gang/Caixin

As China’s coronavirus outbreak continues to sicken tens of thousands of people across the country, public health officials are puzzling over a grim, but elusive, question: just how deadly is it?

Wide local, provincial, and national discrepancies in a statistic called the case fatality rate — the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases — have complicated the response from governments in China and around the world to the fast-escalating outbreak, which as of Wednesday had infected more than 28,000 people globally and killed at least 565.

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