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CDC might stop calling COVID an 'epidemic' in part because of major drop in mortality rate

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Editor's Note: A link to the CDC to show the decreasing mortality of COVID-19 peaking in April has been added to this post. We have also corrected the post to reflect that a declining mortality rate is not the only factor in determining whether the CDC will continue to refer to COVID-19 as an 'epidemic.'

The coronavirus mortality rate in the United States has continued to drop for the last several weeks. Should the dropping mortality rate continue, in combination with other factors, it is possible the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have to consider no longer classifying COVID-19 an 'epidemic.'

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