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Why the United States Has Highest Death Rate For Coronavirus

The U.S. has the world's highest coronavirus death rate at more than 5% - a number that reflects the country's lack of testing

 
The US has the world's highest death rate for the new coronavirus at 5.4%, compared to a global average of 3.4%.

The US has the world's highest death rate for the new coronavirus: Based on the ratio of confirmed deaths to reported cases, 5.4% of patients have died. That's far higher than the global rate of 3.4% that World Health Organization reported on Tuesday — and even higher than mainland China's 3.7%.

Only the Philippines has a higher coronavirus death rate than the US, and that's because it has only had three cases. One of them, a man from Wuhan, China, became the first known fatality outside China in early February.

It's highly unlikely that the coronavirus is more deadly in the U.S.; rather, the number is likely the result of limited testing in the U.S.

Because widespread testing wasn't possible in the country in recent weeks, the CDC held stringent standards for who qualified for a test. Until Wednesday, the agency only tested people who had recent exposure to a confirmed patient, had travelled to a country with an outbreak, or required hospitalization.

 

So the U.S. has not tested or diagnosed many patients with mild cases.

"There's another whole cohort that is either asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic," Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a February 6 briefing. "We're going to see a diminution in the overall death rate."

As of Thursday, the US' national coronavirus case count was 221. That total includes results from state-level coronavirus testing, implemented more widely. The CDC had only confirmed 99 cases across the country as of Thursday at noon. If you calculate the death rate based on only those federally verified cases, it jumps to roughly 10%. 

 

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Other countries are testing much more broadly than we are'

Because flawed tests and limited funding initially meant testing capacity in the U.S. was restricted, the CDC had tested only about 470 people in the US as of Sunday, according to the agency's official count. The CDC has since removed those testing numbers from its website, however. Alex Azar, the US secretary of health and human services, told ABC on Sunday that 3,600 Americans had been tested.

South Korea, by contrast, has implemented free coronavirus-testing drive-thrus and tested more than 136,000 people. The country's death rate is currently just 0.5% — 35 deaths out of a total of 6,088 reported infections. (It is constantly evolving, however, as patients' illnesses progress and as more people are diagnosed.) 

 

"Other countries are testing much more broadly than we are," William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, previously told Business Insider. "We are trotting along while they're racing along."

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To be sure, the US has a much lower case count overall than either South Korea or China, so any death significantly impacts the country's fatality rate. But again, the low case count is likely due to how few people have been tested.

"I'm in coronavirus briefings with groups of experts as well as members of Congress and the military," Matthew McCarthy, a hospitalist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, tweeted on Sunday. "These meetings are contentious, but there's one thing we agree upon: Coronavirus has been circulating in the United States for weeks. We didn't detect it because we weren't testing properly."

The CDC changed its testing standards this week

The new CDC's new testing standards are much more open-ended, saying that "clinicians should use their judgment" to determine if patients should be tested for the new coronavirus. 

US officials also said they are working to distribute more tests. Azar told ABC on Sunday that "we now have 75,000 tests available."

"The estimates we're getting from industry right now — by the end of this week, close to a million tests will be able to be performed," Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said at a White House press briefing on Monday. On Thursday, however, senators briefed on the matter said that timeline was unlikely, according to Bloomberg

Some experts say the US government should have taken steps to ramp up testing weeks ago.

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"It is well within the realm of possibility that there are 100,000 people infected with this right now in the United States," Yale professor Howard Forman, a radiologist and expert in healthcare management, told Business Insider. "Healthcare providers may be being exposed, other patients may be being exposed, and until you can give confidence to people about those answers, we are in a crisis here."

 
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 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 

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@aruzinsky wrote:

 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 


tRump denies the truth and his core base does the same. The rate of death for the coronavirus is higher than that of the flu. Trump's denial means nothing as usual. Thank you for the fact check, it supports just what I claim. The death rate is 3.4%. Yes, it may eventually go down but tRump's claims about the rate being much lower are false, just as the source you provided says.


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@ChasKy53 wrote:

@aruzinsky wrote:

 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 


tRump denies the truth and his core base does the same. The rate of death for the coronavirus is higher than that of the flu. Trump's denial means nothing as usual. Thank you for the fact check, it supports just what I claim. The death rate is 3.4%. Yes, it may eventually go down but tRump's claims about the rate being much lower are false, just as the source you provided says.


Wrong as always.

 

"The World Health Organization says that 3.4% of reported COVID-19 patients worldwide have died"  does NOT imply that the "death rate is 3.4%" because a large number of cases are unreported because the symptoms resemble that of a mild cold in most people.

 

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@aruzinsky wrote:

@ChasKy53 wrote:

@aruzinsky wrote:

 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 


tRump denies the truth and his core base does the same. The rate of death for the coronavirus is higher than that of the flu. Trump's denial means nothing as usual. Thank you for the fact check, it supports just what I claim. The death rate is 3.4%. Yes, it may eventually go down but tRump's claims about the rate being much lower are false, just as the source you provided says.


Wrong as always.

 

"The World Health Organization says that 3.4% of reported COVID-19 patients worldwide have died"  does NOT imply that the "death rate is 3.4%" because a large number of cases are unreported because the symptoms resemble that of a mild cold in most people.

 



And one should believe your explanations over the World Health Organization. Pigs fly too.


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@ChasKy53 wrote:

@aruzinsky wrote:

@ChasKy53 wrote:

@aruzinsky wrote:

 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 


tRump denies the truth and his core base does the same. The rate of death for the coronavirus is higher than that of the flu. Trump's denial means nothing as usual. Thank you for the fact check, it supports just what I claim. The death rate is 3.4%. Yes, it may eventually go down but tRump's claims about the rate being much lower are false, just as the source you provided says.


Wrong as always.

 

"The World Health Organization says that 3.4% of reported COVID-19 patients worldwide have died"  does NOT imply that the "death rate is 3.4%" because a large number of cases are unreported because the symptoms resemble that of a mild cold in most people.

 



And one should believe your explanations over the World Health Organization. Pigs fly too.


The only good thing is that the precautions that people are taking against coronavirus also work against the flu.   For example, no more frivolous congregations.  I suspect that, as a result, the total number of annual deaths from flu and coronavirus will decrease by more than 50%.

 

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@aruzinsky wrote:


The only good thing is that the precautions that people are taking against coronavirus also work against the flu.   For example, no more frivolous congregations.  I suspect that, as a result, the total number of annual deaths from flu and coronavirus will decrease by more than 50%.

 


"No more frivolous congregations".  Gee that's great, no more trump rallies !!!!

 

You "suspect" means absolutely nothing, what the World Health Organization says matters, along with ongoing statistics. Right now  the cases are doubling. The number of states the Coronavirus is in is increasing rapidly. The death rate hasn't dropped yet.


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We're extremely lucky that Obama isn't President or the caseload would be much higher.

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@NOTHAPPENING wrote:

We're extremely lucky that Obama isn't President or the caseload would be much higher.


Obama wasn't the one that cut scientists and doctors from leadership positions within the CDC or cut funding to the CDC, trump did both of those.   So what you speculate just isn't logical.


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@ChasKy53 wrote:

@NOTHAPPENING wrote:

We're extremely lucky that Obama isn't President or the caseload would be much higher.

 

Obama wasn't the one that cut scientists and doctors from leadership positions within the CDC or cut funding to the CDC, trump did both of those.  So what you speculate just isn't logical.


In 2018, for instance, the CDC cut 80% of its efforts to prevent global disease outbreaks because it was running out of money. Ultimately, the department went from working in 49 countries to just 10.

 

Here are some other actions the Trump administration undertook to dismantle government-spending programs related to fighting the spread of global diseases, according to Foreign Policy:

 

  • Shutting down the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council.
  • Eliminating the US government's $30 million Complex Crises Fund.
  • Reducing national health spending by $15 billion.
  • Consistently attacking Mark Green, the director of the US Agency for International Development.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-cuts-programs-responsible-for-fighting-coronavirus-2020-2

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@oceanedge2 wrote:

@ChasKy53 wrote:

@NOTHAPPENING wrote:

We're extremely lucky that Obama isn't President or the caseload would be much higher.

 

Obama wasn't the one that cut scientists and doctors from leadership positions within the CDC or cut funding to the CDC, trump did both of those.  So what you speculate just isn't logical.


In 2018, for instance, the CDC cut 80% of its efforts to prevent global disease outbreaks because it was running out of money. Ultimately, the department went from working in 49 countries to just 10.

 

Here are some other actions the Trump administration undertook to dismantle government-spending programs related to fighting the spread of global diseases, according to Foreign Policy:

 

  • Shutting down the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council.
  • Eliminating the US government's $30 million Complex Crises Fund.
  • Reducing national health spending by $15 billion.
  • Consistently attacking Mark Green, the director of the US Agency for International Development.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-cuts-programs-responsible-for-fighting-coronavirus-2020-2


But tRump supporters live in a fantasy world where they say Pence is "on top of it".


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@NOTHAPPENING wrote:

We're extremely lucky that Obama isn't President or the caseload would be much higher.


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Unless of course you have (any) stats that would (attempt) to confirm your statement?

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tRumpettes love to pretend ToadPOTUS can actually mouth a logical sentence, but only on FOX will you hear anyone supporting such nonsense.

 

Death rates are somewhat imprecise simply because you don't know ALL the data - just like golf handicaps.

 

What can be verified is if you get coronavirus, you can expect to die 3.4% of the time, with that number varying between near zero for healthy young people and somewhat higher for Seniors with compromised lung function and immune systems..

 

What we can TOTALLY verify is tRump has already made the situation much worse by:

1. Having FIRED the entire staff of the Emergency Pandemic Response team at CDC two years ago,

2. Slashing CDC's R&D budget by 85% during his term

3. Telling his moronic followers its no big deal

4. Telling his rallys the virus will magically dissappear in April

5. Failing to have ANY plans in place to deal with a pandemic

6. Being an intellectuial and emotional 6 year-old

 

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@aruzinsky wrote:

 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 


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@Roxanna35 wrote:

@aruzinsky wrote:

 "Death Rate" should be "Measured Death Rate" because the measurement is grossly inaccurate, something Trump has noted and was ridiculed for by the news media.

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/trump-and-the-coronavirus-death-rate/

 

Trump is right and fake news is wrong because the fake liberal news publishes semantic garbage.

 


Get real. !!!!!!!! what can you expect from a man that doesn't even believe in Climate change?  haha.jpg


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Do you remember last week when one of our resident Trump Lovers praised him for keeping the virus out of the U.S.?

 

Unbelievable! You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried. They live in an alternate reality bubble and that's scary.

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@CriticalThinking wrote:

Do you remember last week when one of our resident Trump Lovers praised Trump for keeping the virus out of the U.S.?

 

You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried. They live in alternate reality bubble and that's scary.


tRump supporters can see nothing wrong with tRump or his administration. tRump removed the scientists and doctor's from the top positions within the CDC, he cut funding that thank goodness Congress mostly replaced. The Coronavirus outbreak has been mishandled in the United States, I predict this is very far from over.

 

I read somewhere else this morning that it could be being spread on cash.


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