September 19, 2021

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Coronavirus ‘cliffhanger moment’: What do the numbers mean? | COVID-19 Special

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New infections are accelerating around the world in what appears to be the pandemic’s second wave. But even as death rates remain lower in hotspots, health officials say it’s too soon to assume mortality rates won’t tick up alongside case counts. As they look at the surging numbers, one expression is uniting many scientists: They’re calling this time "a cliffhanger moment." What can the figures tell us about the best way to respond?


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