The scientists who say we got it wrong on coronavirus

Up till now, the consensus has been that Covid-19 came to Europe some time around the onset of spring – but new data strongly suggests that the coronavirus struck much earlier than that

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
21st June, 2020
The scientists who say we got it wrong on coronavirus
An inspiring mural on Chancery Street in Dublin: positivity will be needed in the face of what is likely to be a severe oncoming financial recession. Picture: RollingNews.ie

At the end of May, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new estimates on infections and deaths from the coronavirus. The estimates have received remarkably little coverage.

The CDC said its “best estimate” now assumed an overall symptomatic case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.4 per cent of people known to be infected with the Covid-19 virus. In other words, about four in every 1,000 people who test positive will die. The...

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