The coronavirus data debate

Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, says the mortality rate based on confirmed infections in the United States is around 6 percent. But it may be as low as 0.6 percent when you consider the possible number of asymptomatic cases in the population. That’s still six times deadlier than the flu, with a much higher infection rate. …  “We need to reopen very slowly, very deliberately, and very smartly and with the strategy to start closing things if things don’t go as planned,” Noymer said.