Why are so few Germans dying from the coronavirus? Experts wonder
"I would be happy if we can come back in two months' time and still be able to talk about what Germany did right," one expert said.
A medical worker administers a coronavirus test on a patient at a mobile testing center in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, on March 18, 2020.Uwe Anspach / dpa / Getty Images file
MAINZ, Germany — While countries around the globe struggle to cope with the death, panic, restrictions and economic dislocation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, a different picture has emerged in Germany.
Experts are scrambling to figure out why the country has around 34,000 confirmed infections — the fifth most in the world — but far fewer deaths than other countries.
There have been 172 recorded coronavirus deaths in Germany. That's just 0.5 percent of the total cases, higher than for the seasonal flu but drastically lower than Italy's soaring case death rate of almost 10 percent.
In fact, no other major country comes close to Germany. By comparison, the United States has about 55,000 recorded cases, and around 1.4 percent of those, about 800 people as of Wednesday, have died.