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Novel coronavirus more deadly than any other pathogen?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-02-21 07:30
An image of the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) as shown under a scanning and transmission electron microscope. [Photo/The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Rocky Mountain Laboratories]

The fatality rate of the novel coronavirus pneumonia is less than 3 percent (total deaths divided by the number of confirmed cases), much lower than the mortality rate of other pathogens such as Ebola, which has a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent.

And don't forget influenza, which kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every single year.

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