Contrary to the Impression We May Have, Survival Rate of COVID-19 in United States is Over 94%

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This is to offer an important data point about COVID-19 that doesn’t get much attention. The United States has, to date, experienced 1,092,815 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.  64,283 of those cases, or 5.88%, have resulted in death.  To be clear, 5.88% of people who got the disease have died from it, not 5.88% of the US population as a whole.  (If you want that figure, divide by 328,200,000.)

This is not the picture that you are getting from the mainstream media.  They largely mean well but if you notice, when reporting on this subject, the MSM crafts headlines that invariably include the words “COVID-19″ and “death” and content that is comprised of the number of new cases and new deaths. Most people only pay attention to the news with half an eye or ear. So they understandably may have gotten the impression that the death rate from COVID-19 is sky high.

So let’s repeat this figure because it is important.  Of the 1,092,815 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the United States, 64,283 deaths have resulted.  That means that over 94% of people who got the disease have survived it.

And 94% is almost certainly on the low side because the figure of 1,092,815 only includes medically defined “confirmed and probable” cases. People can have the disease or get it and recover from it without ever knowing or being tested. As they were not counted, those are not included in that denominator of 1,092,815. Anti-body test surveys unanimously point to COVID-19 being far more infectious and, therefore, far less deadly than originally feared. Accordingly, that case fatality rate of 5.88% will almost certainly drop.

Next for our consideration is the very serious implications of this data point with regard to our government’s choice of course (not to mention that the original goal of the chosen course was accomplished weeks ago). Those will be laid out here a little later this morning.



  • Lou

    So is your point we should take a victory lap because “only” 64K have perished to date or because you understand the meaning of fatality rate?

    • Monique Chartier

      My point is that we need to make public policy on the basis of facts and science, not baseless fear. The highly damaging lockdown, which needed to end weeks ago as soon as its single goal had been accomplished, almost certainly has tacit public support because headlines and grave news anchors give the impression that the fatality rate is high when, in fact, it is less than 6%.

      • Lou

        Your opinion might might be better supported if you could provide a link to where the lockdown had a “single goal” and who’s goal that was.