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CoronaVirus Real Death Rate Unknown

Jill Margo, provides an interesting update on the unknowns about the Coronavirus CoVid-19 in Tuesday's Australian Financial Review on page 36. It highlights the tricky part of calculating mortality rates – getting an accurate “exposed to risk” and splitting an overall death rate into age and health state specific rates. In other words, we have data on deaths of people who mainly have been hospitalised with acute coronavirus but we don’t know how many people in each locality have carried the virus or what other conditions the people who died may have had. You can read the article here http://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/what-we-still-don-t-know-about-the-coronavirus-20200223-p543jz

Much of the commentary in Jill Margo’s article is sourced from Professor Peter Collignon, Professor of Microbiology at the Australian National University. You can view an interview with Professor Collignon covering much of this, recorded two days previous here http://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6135313194001

If you would like to learn more about how death rates and cause of death varies by age you can be my Guest at OzDemographics' free Demography Course 204 Life Stage Mortality here http://ozdemographics.moodle.school/course/view.php?id=38

Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2020


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