Doctors: Death rate of COVID-19 is lower than seasonal flu at 0.03%, safe to reopen United States

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Doctors out of California, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, operate in a Bakersfield urgent care clinic, and would recently do their own COVID-19 study. Citing the mortality statistics in the state of California, the doctors made the case that the coronavirus is no where as deadly as it was expected to be.

“We have 39.5 million people, if we just take a basic calculation and extrapolate that out, that equates to about 4.7 million cases throughout the state of California,” stated Dr. Erickson. “Which means this thing is widespread, that’s the good news. We’ve seen 1,227 deaths in the state of California with a possible incidents or prevalence of 4.7 million. That means you have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID-19 in the state of California.”

The doctors would present their case in a 50-minute press conference, and would also mention that the extraordinary focus of the Chinese virus is taking up needed medical resources away from other problems of urgency.

“When I talk to E.R. physicians around the country, what’s happening? Well because COVID has become the focus, people with heart disease, people with cancer, hypertension, and various things that are critical are choosing not to come in based on fear. So what that’s doing is forcing the healthcare system to focus on COVID and not focus on a myriad of other things that are critical.”

You can watch the press conference in its entirety below.