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Three charts that show the risk of coronavirus to the old

It's hard to escape the conclusion that being old is, in itself, the most important "underlying condition" of the lot

By Seb Bacon   July 2020

As the lockdown loosens, the idea of somehow shielding “the vulnerable” is much discussed. But deciding who counts as vulnerable is fraught. In particular, many healthy and active older people bristle at the description—and especially at the idea of rules or advice that could condemn them, but not others, to stay at home.

The only case for any such discrimination must turn on relative risk. From…

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