In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a conference call on COVID-19 and warned, as The New York Times reported, that 160 million to 214 million Americans could become infected and 200,000 to 1.7 million might die.
On March 3, the World Health Organization noted that globally 3.4 percent of those infected with the virus died.
These numbers have become frequent talking points—even though they . . .