When it comes to viruses, how do you compare just how deadly they are? There are viral diseases with high mortality rates and low death tolls due to the disease being harder to spread, and others that have low mortality rates but high death tolls because they’re such common viruses. Influenza is one example of these more common viruses, while the death tolls seem high at 12,000-61,000 people annually the mortality rate is quite low at only 0.14%.
How does the COVID-19 Coronavirus compare to all of these other deadly viruses? While the death toll for it has been climbing at an increasing rate, the mortality rate has held steady around 6%. Learn more about the properties of this new disease and others with this infographic that not only illustrates the deadliest viruses, but compares various properties of each such as incubation period, mode of transmission, carrier of the virus, virus family, and more.