Age Is Just a Number: A Critically Important Number for COVID-19 Case Fatality

Ann Intern Med. 2020 Nov 3;173(9):762-763. doi: 10.7326/M20-4048. Epub 2020 Jul 22.


In their article, Sudharsanan and colleagues show the importance of adjusting for the age distribution of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 before doing cross-country comparisons of case-fatality rates. The editorialists explore the effect of age distribution on these rates and other determinants of between-country variation in the severity of this disease.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • SARS-CoV-2