Head of Health Emergencies Program put Infection Fatality Ratio at 0.14%
GENEVA, Switzerland (PNN) - October 10, 2020 - The World Health Organization has finally confirmed many experts and studies have been saying for months - the coronavirus is no more deadly or dangerous than seasonal flu.
The WHO’s top brass made this announcement during a special session of the WHO’s 34-member executive board on Monday October 5, just nobody seemed to really understand it.
In fact, they didn’t seem to completely understand it themselves.
At the session, Dr. Michael Ryan, the WHO’s Head of Emergencies, revealed that they believe roughly 10% of the world has been infected with Sars-Cov-2. This is their “best estimate”, and a huge increase over the number of officially recognized cases (around 35 million).
Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokesman, later confirmed the figure, stating it was based on the average results of all the broad seroprevalence studies done around the world.
As much as the WHO was attempting to spin this as a bad thing – Dr. Ryan even said it means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk” - it’s actually good news. This again confirms that the virus is not as deadly as everyone predicted.
The global population is roughly 7.8 billion people, if 10% have been infected that is 780 million cases. The global death toll currently attributed to Sars-Cov-2 infections is 1,061,539.
That’s an infection fatality rate of roughly 0.14%. That is right in line with seasonal flu and the predictions of many experts from around the world.