As people get weary of the constraints that higher Covid alert levels place on our social, educational and economic activities, consideration should be given the table below.
It’s taken from a soon-to-be published study that has examined the most reliable data available globally regarding the Covid-related Infection Fatality Rates (IFR) — by age — amongst those infected. In other words, the study — Assessing the Age Specificity of Infection Fatality Rates for Covid-19 — looks only at the best data from 12 countries so as to get the most accurate picture of deaths attributable to coronavirus. The study was done by a US and Australian university team and includes data from New Zealand.
And it starkly confirms what most of us have heard in general terms — the older you are, the deadlier the coronavirus is likely to be.
Deaths by these age segments per 10,000 infected cases would be:
0 to 34 1 death
35 to 44 4 deaths
45 to 54 20 deaths
55 to 64 70 deaths
65 to 74 240 deaths
75 to 84 890 deaths
85+ 3,680 deaths
For comparison, the study observes:
“For a young adult, the fatality risk of a SARS-CoV-2 infection is roughly comparable to the risks associated with engaging in other everyday activities. By contrast, an 60-year-old adult who gets infected faces a fatality risk more than 50 times higher than the annual fatality risk of driving an automobile.”
The analysis also indicates that the IFR from Covid is 10 times greater than from seasonal flu.
There can be little doubt that ethical questions arise when the fatality risk of lessening our Covid constraints falls — with certainty — so disproportionately on specific segments of our population.
How do you feel about that?