• Question: how many people do you think will die from the coronavirus

    Asked by anon-250503 to Kate on 24 Mar 2020.
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      Kate Mitchell answered on 24 Mar 2020:

      I’m not working on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) myself. (There are other coronaviruses, which cause different diseases). Nobody knows how many people will die. Scientists in the UK have estimated that about 1% (1 in 100) of those who get infected will die, but not everyone will get infected with the coronavirus. If people follow the instructions from the government and the NHS, this will reduce the number of people who get the virus, and reduce the number of people who die. The latest information about the coronavirus and how you should behave is here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. You should follow these instructions but please don’t panic.