New CDC report and how it relates to COVID death toll

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, explains what we know about the coronavirus death toll and how likely those hospitalized are to die.
1:50 | 10/21/20

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Joining us again this morning is Dr. Jha, the Dean of the brown university school of public health. You just saw in Victor's report about nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected. Two out of three of them directly because of coronavirus. So what does it tell you about the actual death toll when it comes to covid? Good morning, robin. Thank you for having me on. You know, we have known that there has been an undercount and more people who have gotten sick and died from this disease. This is I think the best estimate so far of what that toll might look like. 220,000, the official number is bad enough. But this suggests that there are many, many more people who were infected and died of this disease. We didn't have good testing so couldn't identify them as coronavirus patients. The largest percentage increase amongst Latinos and young adults aged 25 to 44 and as you've been saying all along everybody is at risk here. Yeah, there are two parts of this that are frustrating to me. One is that there was deaths across every racial ethnic group but particularly as you said among Latinos and African-Americans and then particularly among young people is not a disease that spares anybody and there has been this kind of drumbeat of, oh, it's only the elderly. That would be bad enough but second it's all of us. And something else that you and other experts have been saying that covid is far deadlier than the flu and this study backs that up. Five times as deadly. Yeah, absolutely, robin and, again, this is another area of misinformation. Flu is bad and we know flu can kill people. It fills up hospitals, covid is much, much deadlier. This is why we've had to take extraordinary measures to bring it under control and we've got to stay at it and keep the virus under control. As always, Dr. Jha, we appreciate your insight. Have a good day.

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