This viral post understates the risk of Covid-19 infection

This viral post understates the risk of Covid-19 infection

This viral post understates the risk of Covid-19 infection Covid-19’s fatality rate is still being determined, but somewhere between 0.5% and 1% is a reasonable estimate. However, this varies depending on a person’s health and background. This is a misreading of the claim that, at the end of August, 44 people per million were catching Covid-19 each day in England. This has slightly increased since then. A post circulating on Facebook makes several claims about coronavirus, flu and cancer. “There will never be an end to Covid. It will never go away. We have to get used to it and get used to living with it. Flu came along, killed hundreds of thousands. We live with it. It's part of our everyday lives. Cancer kills millions. We don't stop eating foods and living lifestyles that increase the risks of getting it. We can't live in fear forever. They say 1 in 2.5 people will get cancer. The odds of catching covid are 44 million to one. If you did catch it, it's 1 in a 100 percent chance of dying.” There are a lot of claims and statements made in the post, but we’re going to focus on the risk of getting cancer, contracting Covid-19 and dying of Covid-19. The post claims that one in 2.5 people will get cancer. It’s unclear where this figure is from but it's in the right ballpark. Cancer Research reports that about one in two people born ...
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