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Another NPR article states March fatality rates spiked by 14% - https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/0...

Yep. Rates (per mile driven) up, total drivers (and therefore fatalities) down.

> motor vehicle fatalities per miles driven increased by 14% compared to the March 2019 rate

> "When we see the combination of both a dramatic decrease in number of total deaths coupled with a dramatic increase in the fatality rate on our roads that was very surprising," Kolosh said.

It sounds like both articles agree that the number of total deaths over a period of time is lower, despite the increase in deaths per miles driven.

Both written March 20th.

Fatality rates are up, but overall fatality count is down as less people are on the road.

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