Likelihood of survival of coronavirus disease 2019
Open Access | Published: March 30, 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30257-7
A case fatality ratio of an infectious disease measures the proportion of all individuals diagnosed with a disease who will die from that disease. For an emerging infectious disease, this ratio is thus a very important indicator not only of disease severity but also of its significance as a public health problem. For instance, WHO estimated a case fatality ratio of approximately 14–15% for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003,1
and approximately 35% for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.2
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19.