Coronavirus Death Rate Lower Than What Initial Studies Indicated

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Scientists have stated that the death rate for COVID-19 is lower than expected but it's still higher than the seasonal flu.

Though officials have encouraged people not to panic, Coronavirus has caused a public scare in the last few weeks. The virus itself has claimed thousands of lives while the severity of the illness has caused a grave economic impact across the world. Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated that Coronavirus might result in 100K to 200K deaths in the U.S. alone while millions of Americans are bound to contract the virus.

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According to a new study reported by CNN, scientists are now saying that the death rate is lower than initially expected. Obtaining research from The Lancet Infectious Diseases, health officials and researchers are now claiming 0.66 percent of those who contract the virus will die. The new report also accounts for milder cases of Coronavirus that have gone undiagnosed. However, even if the death toll projection is lower than initial studies, the numbers are still higher than the 0.1% that die from the seasonal flu.

Dr. Fauci previously stated at the beginning of March that the death rate could possibly be 2% but he admitted that there was likelihood that number would change "as a group it's going to depend completely on what the factor of asymptomatic cases are."

Though this is good news, it's still important to remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing. We'll keep you posted on any more new scientific developments on the novel coronavirus. 


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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.