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Covid-19: Experts criticise claim that remdesivir cuts death rates

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 14 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2839

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remdesivir-associated reduction in mortality

Dear Editor,

If, as quoted in the article, mortality is 7.6% in the treatment group and 12.5% in the control group the relative risk reduction in mortality is 39.2% and not 62%.

Could there be an error ?

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 July 2020
Piero Baglioni
Consultant Physician
Prince Charles Hospital
Gurnos Road, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 UX7