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COVID-19 death rate 10 times that of seasonal flu

As of April 2, The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that there were 1,211 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 7,016 in 62 counties. The department also reported 16 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 90.

With 90 deaths out of 7,016 cases, this brings the death rate from coronavirus in Pennsylvania to roughly 1.2 %, which is in line with the global death rate of 1.4%, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

The seasonal flu comparatively, has a death rate of around 0.1%, according to the New York Times, making the coronavirus 10 times as deadly as the seasonal flu.

County-specific information and a statewide map are available here-

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx

 

Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@bridgetowermedia.com. or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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