Virologist: Germany’s low COVID-19 death rate due to extensive tests

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Germany has over 36,000 coronavirus cases but it’s been able to keep its death rate at half a percent, one of the world’s lowest. This is thanks to extensive testing of its population using throat swabs, which are then analyzed for the coronavirus through the polymerase chain reaction test or PCR.

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Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

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The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

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  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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