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Old 03-19-2020, 12:15 AM
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Another potential factor is that SARS didn't become contagious until after you showed symptoms. For coronavirus you can spread it without having symptoms.

As a result, the number of people who are infectious and properly diagnosed was probably pretty well matched for SARS, while for coronavirus the first group is likely much larger than the second group.

So when you take the death rate over the total infectious rate (and who knows what that is), coronavirus may be less fatal.
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