What are the odds of dying if you’re infected by the coronavirus?

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The proportion of people who die after being infected by the coronavirus has become highly controversial. Some have claimed that death rates aren’t as high as thought and that governments are overreacting by imposing measures such as lockdowns. But a recent meta-analysis confirms earlier estimates, finding that the death rate can be as high as 16 per cent for people over 90 but 0 per cent for children under 4.

This study concludes that in high-income countries, more than 1 in …

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