Covid-19 statistics: Exactly how deadly is the coronavirus?

A woman passes by a world map showing countries infected with Covid-19 during a press conference at the National Police headquerters in Panama City, Panama, on Mac 10. — AFP

Sometimes, statistics can be scary, or at least, made to look more menacing than what these unbiased, risk-adjusted numbers really say.

Conversely, threatening, inconvenient data can be slighted, ignored, or perhaps misrepresented as something harmless, or even beneficial.

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