The coronavirus pandemic is exacting a heavy toll on Italy, with hospitals overwhelmed and a nationwide lockdown imposed. But experts are also concerned about a seemingly high death rate, with the number of fatalities outstripping the total reported in China.
H/T: The Telegraph
“The way in which we code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus,” Prof Ricciardi said. “On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity - many had two or three,” he added.
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Men seem to both cotract and die from Coronavirus in greater numbers. https://t.co/fwWGM1KP4n— Ryan Skelton (@ryanskelton) March 22, 2020
https://t.co/GslHaKb0Mf By any common-sense measure, both countries should have much lower numbers of confirmed cases& deaths because they are geographically far from the epicenter of the outbreak. The reason these two countries are suffering the most outside China is mainly due— Unathi Kwaza (@Unathi_Kwaza) March 22, 2020