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New Study: Infection Fatality Rates Lower In Elderly Than Previously Thought – Very Low In Youth


According to a recently published medical study, conducted by Stanford medical researcher P. A. Ioannidis, the infection fatality rate (IFR) is lower in elderly populations than previously thought. Ionnidis’ research, published on, has not yet been peer-reviewed.

His study further found that the IFR in those 1 to 19 years of age was 0.0013% and 0.0088% in the 20 – 29 age group. There is a marked increase in the IFR in those older than 85 and “across all countries, the median IFR in community-dwelling elderly and elderly overall was 2.9% (range 0.2%-6.9%) and 4.9% (range 0.2%-16.8%).” Interestingly, Ioannidis’ research finds finds “a consistently much lower IFR of COVID-19 in community-dwelling elderly than in elderly overall.”


The IFR of COVID-19 in community-dwelling elderly people is lower than previously reported. Very low IFRs were confirmed in the youngest populations.


As the CDC Director Wallensky has recently announced, about 75% of those recorded as Covid deaths had at least four comorbidities listed on their death certificates. Ioannidis’s research notes “besides age, comorbidities and lower functional status markedly affects COVID-19 death risk.