13,000,000 - 10,000 deaths = 12,990,000 recoveries
Deaths / Recovery ratio = 1 death / 1,299 recoveries
909 deaths / 3,322 recoveries
Death / Recovery ratio = 1 death / 3.65 recoveries
Do you see why this is a bigger deal than the flu?
I see your point but this isn’t the way outbreaks are handled. The medics in China don’t have time to call those other people and say ‘hey, how are you feeling? Better now??’ You’re alive until you turn up dead in this situation.
When the worst of this is under control you will start to see the ‘difference’ in figures close. The nature of the situation at present, midway during an outbreak doesn’t allow for that at the moment. A realistic death rate for this virus is 1-3%.
Until things calm down and hospitals can genuinely say ‘hey, 3 months ago we treated this person and no we havnt seen them since but they havnt turned up dead, so we assume they are alive and let’s update figures accordingly’ there will always be this ‘difference’.
This is fairly standard behavior during an outbreak. Medics in China are working 20+ hours a day and are focusing on sick people, not those who have been treated, sent home and havnt come back either for more treatment or to die.