According to the the numbers coming daily from the media, the death rate from COVID-19 is quite high, having recently passed the 4% mark. Given the infection rate and how fast it's spreading, it's not surprising that many people are concerned, and lockdown measures are being enforced.
But what are the experts saying? Well, opinions seem to differ. And as this outbreak continues, some interesting points are being made. One of the latest comes from Dr. Eran Bendavid and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, two professors of medicine at Stanford University who recently published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled, "Is the coronavirus as deadly as they say?"
They make it quite clear that if the projections being given by the World Health Organization are correct, then "the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified." But they also make the point that "there's little evidence to confirm that premise – and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high."