February 25, 2024

A September 10, 2020 update of the CDC planning scenarios shows that the infection fatality ratio (IFR) for COVID-19 is lower than that of flu. Summarized in the table below is the IFR and survival rate of COVID-19 patients categorized according to age.

Age of PatientsInfection Fatality Ratio (IFR)Survival Rate
0-19 years0.0000399.997%
20-49 years0.000299.98%
50-69 years0.00599.5%
70+ years0.05494.6%

Editor’s Note: Earlier comparisons of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza estimated that the novel coronavirus was deadlier, with the lower end IFR estimates somewhere around 0.2% to 0.3% compared to 0.04% of seasonal influenza.

More than six months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared SARS-CoV-2 a pandemic, we are seeing that even the modest estimates are over valued. At this point, we suggest that you also view the video made by Ivor Cummings to help you effectively answer our question below [The truth about COVID-19: What the data and science tells us]. 

Were the lockdowns worth the problem it has created? Should we continue implementing oppressive and useless COVID-19 measures? 

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