About the Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Human Mortality (PICHM) Tool
This interactive tool includes a table showing the population distribution, estimated case fatality rates, and expected number of deaths by ages for fixed scenarios where 50%, 25% and 10% of the population become infected by COVID-19. A bar chart shows the population size, case fatality rates, and estimated number of deaths by age for the level of infection selected by the user. The PICHM tool allows users to select the geographical unit and estimate parameters under different scenarios.
The tool allows user to interact with a large volume of data via a simple, easy-to-use user interface. Using the location selector, the user can explore estimates of the expected number of deaths by age for the World, multiple regions of the World, groups of regions, and countries and territories. For example, in Nigeria with a 25% infection rate scenario it estimates a total of 229,399 deaths of which 124,123 will be among people aged 60 and over.
Results should be interpreted with caution given several assumptions. The method used to estimate the expected number of deaths assumes that 1) the case fatality rate due COVID-19 by age in a specific location is like that observed in China or Italy; 2) the distribution of case fatality by age remains constant everywhere; 3) the infection rate is the same at every age; and 4) the quantified CFR in China or Italy is actually the underlying CFR. These assumptions are unlikely to be robust, but are the best currently available when developing estimates. They will be revised as more information becomes available.
The tool has the widest coverage among tools for predicting COVID-19 mortality on the basis of current knowledge. It will be of particular value in low and middle-income countries, where analytic capacity may be limited. The interpretation of the results and their communication should be careful and responsible as the purpose of this tool is to inform, not to scaremonger.
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