Researchers says your ability to withstand the coronavirus scourge depends on a range of factors: your age, sex and general health and the health system you are in.
According to research by Imperial College between five and 40 coronavirus cases in 1,000 will result in death, with a best guess of nine in 1,000 or about 1%.
They said the different death rates we are seeing reported around the world are unlikely to be due to different versions of the virus. Most cases of most viruses will go uncounted because people tend not to visit the doctor with mild symptoms.
According to research by Imperial College it’s because different countries are better or worse at spotting the milder, harder to count cases. It takes time before an infection results in recovery or death.
Scientists combine individual pieces of evidence about each of these questions to build a picture of the death rate.
For example, they estimate the proportion of cases with mild symptoms from small, defined groups of people who are monitored very tightly, like people on repatriated flights.