Why are Covid-19 deaths not rising as cases surge?

Public health officials are warning that a low case fatality rate should not lead us into a false sense of security - we take an in-depth look at why not

27th August, 2020
Why are Covid-19 deaths not rising as cases surge?
Increased testing means more Covid-19 cases are being identified, particularly among younger people who are more likely to be asymptomatic. Picture: Getty

At the Oireachtas Committee on Health on Wednesday, public health officials were repeatedly asked: “If cases are rising but deaths remain low, then why the need for continued tight restrictions?”

The mantra that governed the original approach to the pandemic in March was that we needed to “flatten the curve” to prevent hospital overflow.

Society was guided through the lockdown with the warning that if we did not slow the spread...

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