Fact-checked by: Science Feedback

2020/08/17 | United States

FALSE: Our chance of not dying from COVID-19 is 99.96%

Explanation: The COVID-19 cause-specific mortality rate is the proportion of people who have died from the disease relative to the entire population. It is sometimes used to compare mortality between populations of different sizes. It also represents the likelihood that a randomly selected person in the population who was alive at the start of the pandemic already died of the disease. However, it cannot be used to predict an individual’s likelihood of dying from COVID-19 in the future, given the dynamic nature of the epidemic and that every individual’s risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19 is different.

Read the Full Article (Science Feedback)

This false claim originated from: Facebook

The #CoronavirusFacts database records fact-checks published since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic and its consequences are constantly evolving and data that was accurate weeks or even days ago might have changed. Remember to check the date when the fact-check you are reading was published before sharing it.