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Two weeks after that the WHO released a widely cited report claiming a fatality rate of 3.4%.

“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.”


CFR will be higher than IFR due to undercounting infections.

Yes, and then almost the entire US press spun the 3.4% figure as the real WHO-confirmed fatality rate and sub-1% numbers as a Trumpian lie as part of a stupid, cynical, partisan attempt to get Trump. There's been a lot of that. (The UK press, meanwhile, happily quoted the 1% figure - if I remember rightly, some outlets like the Guardian with both UK-facing and US-facing sides pushed both narratives to different audiences at the same time.)

In reality, the WHO number was just confirmed deaths divided by confirmed cases, which was of course almost completely meaningless.

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