The biggest study of Covid-19 patients in the UK shows a third admitted to hospital have died.
Just under half have been discharged, with the rest still being treated.
Prof Calum Semple, the chief investigator from the University of Liverpool, said the “crude hospital fatality rate is of the same magnitude as Ebola”.
He said around 35-40% of hospitalised Ebola patients die.
“People need to hear this… this is an incredibly dangerous disease.”
Nearly 17,000 patients from 166 hospitals were part of the study. Obesity and age both increased the risk of death.
The study also confirmed that men are more likely to have severe disease, and the gap between outcomes for men and women gets wider with age.