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Estimating SARS-CoV-2 infection fatality rate using data from one of the most affected areas worldwide

  • Giovanni Landoni1,2
  • Carolina Faustini1
  • Marilena Marmiere1
  • Carolina Soledad Romero Garcìa3,4
  • Annalisa Ruggeri5
  • Alberto Zangrillo1,2

1Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, 20132 Milan, Italy

2Faculty of Medicine, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, 20132 Milan, Italy

3Hospital General Universitario de Valencia, 46014 Valencia, Spain

4Division of Research Methodology, European University, Valencia, Spain

5Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, 20132 Milan, Italy

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.149 Vol.17,Issue 5,September 2021 pp.30-33

Submitted: 19 July 2021 Accepted: 10 August 2021

Published: 08 September 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Giovanni Landoni E-mail: landoni.giovanni@hsr.it

Abstract

The real estimate of the infection fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 is a pivotal aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this number is still debated, since both the numerator and the denominator are uncertain. Data analysis from the most affected areas in the world minimizes computational errors and represents a unique approach for estimating infection fatality rate. We first extracted data from PubMed/Medline, Google, traditional media and social media to obtain the rate of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies seroprevalence in the most affected and best-studied areas in the world: Val Seriana (Italy), Ischgl (Austria) and Manaus (Brasil). We then searched mortality data from national institutes of statistics and calculated excess mortality. We estimated the infection fatality rate considering several scenarios according to the mortality attributable to COVID-19 and the proportion of the population infected with the virus. We found that the seropositivity was surprisingly close to 40% in all the considered areas. We calculated the SARS-CoV-2 infection fatality rate for Val Seriana, using from half to the entire excess mortality (1208 deaths) and considering from 40% to 80% of the population as being infected with SARS-CoV-2. In the most conservative scenario, infection fatality rate was as low as 0.55%, while in the worst-case one it was 2.2%. We found that the seroconversion rate in the most affected areas worldwide is about 40%. We consequently estimated the infection fatality rate to be between 0.55% and 2.2% in an area with a relatively elderly population.


Keywords

SARS-CoV-2; Infection fatality rate; Antibodies; COVID-19; Mortality; Lethality


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Giovanni Landoni,Carolina Faustini,Marilena Marmiere,Carolina Soledad Romero Garcìa,Annalisa Ruggeri,Alberto Zangrillo. Estimating SARS-CoV-2 infection fatality rate using data from one of the most affected areas worldwide. Signa Vitae. 2021. 17(5);30-33.

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