Does Age Explain COVID Deaths Across Countries?
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Age is one of the clearest contributing factors to COVID fatalities. Study after study is finding that the case fatality rate (CFR) for the elderly is much higher than younger segments of the population (Chart 1). For example, the CFR for those in their thirties is between 0.1% and 0.3% across a range of countries. Meanwhile, for those in their seventies, it is between 4.8% and 12.8%. That’s an order of magnitude higher – someone in their seventies is 16 to 116 times more likely die from COVID-19 than someone in their thirties.
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