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WHO updates COVID-19 death stats

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/04/20, 11:29 am

The coronavirus outbreak has a higher overall mortality rate than previously thought. At 3.4 percent, it surpasses seasonal flu but falls short of the 10 percent death rate for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or the 34 percent rate for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)—both also coronaviruses. The World Health Organization noted Tuesday that the calculation does not include infected people who didn’t need medical attention. The mortality rate from the new coronavirus is much higher among the elderly and infirm than in the rest of the population.

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Seattle hunkers down

Health | Schools close and store shelves empty as coronavirus fears spread
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 3/04/20, 10:10 am

Several Seattle area schools remained closed on Tuesday, as the region with America’s first coronavirus deaths dealt with fears of the spreading virus. Most of the closed schools had staff members or students with family members who had become sick after international travel. Authorities decided to close the schools in an “abundance of caution” despite direction from the Washington State Department of Health for schools to remain open.

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Coronavirus gets foothold in Washington state

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/03/20, 11:44 am

Six people have died of COVID-19 in Washington state as of Tuesday morning. Several of them lived at the Life Care Center of Kirkland nursing home near Seattle. The first reported U.S. case of the disease caused by the new coronavirus happened in the state, and it might have spread for weeks undetected. The Washington State Department of Health reported 18 cases in King and Snohomish counties on Tuesday. Doctors have confirmed more than 100 cases throughout the United States.

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