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Some Perspective on Risk of Dying from CV

By August 18, 2020Commentary

Thanks to Justin Hart on Twitter for this chart, which makes a point similar to that I occasionally make less vividly by comparing death rates for the youngest cohort of Americans and the oldest.  The public has been terrorized to the point that according to polls, most Americans think a huge percent of people either have or are going to die from coronavirus disease.  These charts should be published everyday in every paper and on every news website in America.  It is especially relevant to children and school.  Lots of other bad things happen to children, especially at home, compared to their risk from coronavirus.  Share this chart as widely as you can.

Age GroupCOVID-19 DeathsPopulationRisk of Dying (1 in x)Risk of Dying - FemaleRisk of Dying if HealthyComparable to Risk in Year
Under 1 year1141288103753467506931876732Hit by Lightening
1-4 years916438858182354036530809132699Killed by dog
5-14 years16410088792563055512611012815275Earthquake
15-24 years190431068772668784537571134392Drowning
25-34 years9354688993650150100299250748Falling down stairs
35-44 years241142627770176813536188403Fire
45-54 years65664084193662201244031101Motor accident
55-64 years15880430193652709541813545Poisoning
65-74 years2716733075174121724356087Prof Truck Driver
75-84 years34399143938854188372092
85 years and over426666726530158315788
All Ages1302503322580202551510212755

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Harley says:

    Very useful chart, meaningful comparables. Plan to circulate to my anxious friends.

  • Don Lee says:

    This is a good chart. Is there a version with real time numbers? We’re at about 170k deaths currently and this chart shows a total of 130k.

  • Nick R says:

    It is a useful chart, of the sort the major media should have been putting out, but for some reason choose not to. One cavil: the last column showing “comparable risk in a year” is unclear. “Comparable risk” of dying for the reason given, e.g., fire, or comparable risk of having the event in your life? Must be the former but it’s ambiguous.

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