Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been curious about the fatality rate of COVID-19. Originally, pre-vaccine and therapy, it seemed like the disease was claiming 3%-5% of those infected. Since the beginning, the US has led the world with numbers of cases and deaths, followed by Brazil and Russia.
One of the challenges nowadays is that there is no longer a national effort to test for COVID so many of the cases over the past few months are likely going unreported.
Anyhow, the world has had a reported 632M cases with 6.7M deaths for about 1% fatality rate compared to reported cases.
The US rate: About 97.7M cases and 1.1 M deaths, or about 1.1% fatality rate
Brazil : About 34.9M cases and .7M deaths for about 2% fatality rate
Russia: About 21.5M cases and .4M fatalities or about 1.8% fatality rate
Peru: About 4.2M cases and .22M deaths or about 5%
On the other hand, if you sort by deaths per 100M of population, Peru, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hungary have all lost .5% or more of their population. The USA is at position 17, but the top “large” country - just edging out Gibraltar and Brazil. And China, with its Zero COVID policy is virtually at the bottom the list.
COVID is still a world-wide risk, but most countrys’ populations (including most in the US) have decided to relegate it to something to be ignored. And, if only those of the low hanging fruit who are left are still at significant risk, maybe that is the right policy. But we’ll continue getting vaxxed and wearing masks when in public - even if we are the only ones in sight still doing so.