A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low

In the heart of Berlin, Potsdamer Platz was nearly empty on Saturday, as people heeded orders to stay at home. 
Emile Ducke/The New York Times

Date Published: April 4, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Although the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany resulted in more than 100,000 cases, the percentage of fatal cases have been low compared to many neighbouring countries. An initiative in Heidelberg called corona taxis may be one of the reasons for the low death rate. Corona taxis refer to medics outfitted in protective gear checking in on patients who have been home for five or six days with COVID-19. In the check-in, medics take a blood test, assess for signs of steep decline and may suggest hospitalization, even if symptoms are mild. Early hospitalization enables timely treatment and increased chance of survival.  Other explanations of the low death rate include lower average age of those infected, and greater testing, which catches more people with fewer or no symptoms. Medical factors that have helped keep death rate low include widespread testing and treatment, numerous intensive care beds, and trust in government which has resulted in broad following of social distancing guidelines.

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana