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How Does COVID-19 Stack Up? May 24, 2020

Posted by geoff in COVID-19, News.

Some folk were asking me how COVID-19 deaths compared to deaths from other causes. I ran across some data that was helpful, so I was able to create the (probably unnecessarily complicated) chart below. This chart shows average worldwide daily deaths from the top 20 causes (excluding COVID), overlaid with the time history of COVID-19 deaths.

As you can hopefully discern, at their peak of ~7000/day in April, COVID-19 deaths were comparable to deaths from lower respiratory illnesses and dementia. At their current level of 4400 deaths/day, they are comparable to deaths from diarrheal illnesses.

Of course, you should probably put in some margin for unreported Chinese deaths.


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