There are two ways to look at "mortality" of the coronavirus outbreak:
The first way, is the overall mortality rate. This is the preferred way of the Mass Media, since you get an overall lower number.
To get this number, you divide deaths with ALL the cases, and multiply by 100 to get the %.
At the moment for Italy it’s:
1809 / 24747 x 100 = 7.3% Overall mortality rate
The second way, is the case fatality rate (CFR).
In this case, you only look at the resolved/closed cases.
Since a case will only have two outcomes, you either recover or die, the mortality rate is much higher. It’s a truer representation of the mortality, but it takes a long time before you get the exact number. Especially at the beginning the number tends to be much higher, than what you end up with at the end.
To get it, you divide deaths with all the resolved cases (which is deaths + recovered):
1809 / (2335 + 1809) x 100 = 43.65% CFR
The Mortality rate for "the flu" is about 0.1%. Whether you view Coronavirus via EITHER method above, the numbers don't lie. Coronavirus is dozens of times more deadly than the flu.
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