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While the case fatality ratio (CFR) is higher in Italy than in China (7.2 % vs 2.3%), once stratified by age the CFRs are very similar within each age group up to age 70. For example, 0.4% for both countries for ages 40 to 49, 1.0% for Italy versus 1.3% for China for ages 50 to 59, and 3.5% vs 3.6% for patients aged 60 to 69. For patients in their 70’s (12.8% vs 8.0%) and 80’s (20.2% vs 14.8%), CFRs were higher in Italy. This may be in part due to more very old in Italy, and differences between countries in determining cause of death in patients with multiple comorbidities. (Prepared by Mark Ebell MD, MS on March 25, 2020. Source: JAMA. Published online March 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4683).
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