Opinion: An Omicron oddity: The number of cases doesn’t predict the number of deaths

Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, the case fatality rate was frightening. This metric represents the proportion of all known people infected with a disease who die from it. The World Health Organization initially put it as high as nearly 16% in Algeria.

Several colleagues and I at Vital Transformation began closely following the data on Covid-19 early in the pandemic. We wondered if case fatality rates might be skewed by lack of testing. We collected data on various indictors that early on were thought to be influencing the spread of Covid-19.

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