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The Coronavirus Death Rate Might Be Lower Than We Think

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has infected over 181,000 people worldwide and only continues to spread, but the death rate for COVID-19 might be lower than most people think. The U.S. has reported a total of 4,500 cases with 100 total deaths, according to the Washington Post. The global death toll over 7,100 as of Monday. The death rate, however, is likely lower than what’s been reported. (RELATED: US Coronavirus State Of Emergency: Everything You Need To Know) An article published Feb. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine, co authored by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. health official suggests that the fatality rate might be “considerably less than 1%,” and that COVID-19 might be more similar to the fatality rate of a “severe seasonal influenza.”