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Infection fatality rate is simply the number of deaths divided by the number of infections, but finding those numbers is harder than it might seem. AP Photo/John Minchillo

How deadly is the coronavirus? The true fatality rate is tricky to find, but researchers are getting closer

The percentage of people who die from a coronavirus infection is an important number for public health experts to know. Recent estimates now put it at 0.65%, far lower than initially thought.
New research hints at why Germany’s death toll from COVID-19 was relatively low while Italy’s and America’s spiked. Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.
Heat increases the risk of death, but the question of how much has been a topic of debate. From shutterstock.com

Heat kills. We need consistency in the way we measure these deaths

A warming climate leads to more heat-related deaths. The fact some research is showing the opposite indicates we need to refine the way we measure heat-related mortality.
Some researchers believe atheists are disliked because people link their lack of belief to an overall lack of values. Gary Stevens/Flickr

Why some people distrust atheists

Many Americans have a distrust of atheists. A group of researchers found that some of the distrust relates to beliefs about atheists' family values.

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