The U.S. yesterday overtook China for the highest total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, and by this morning had surged to just over 86,000. In all, more than 551,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide.
In L.A. County Thursday, Public Health director Barbara Ferrer had sobering news to report: The mortality rate for coronavirus now sits at 1.6% in L.A. County. That rate is higher than the nationwide average and significantly higher than what we experience with annual flu cases.
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Robert Kim-Farley M.D., professor of epidemiology and community health sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; formerly with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization