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How virulent is the disease schizophrenia?

Can someone help me with answering this question? I do not understand what they are asking.

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    First, let's get the definition of "virulent" from

    "Medicine/Medical. highly infective; malignant or deadly."

    If you don't understand those words, look them up in a dictionary.

    You may also need to look up "schizophrenia."

    We'll be glad to check your answer.

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    Will this answer be correct?

    Schizophrenia is not deadly, but the effects of a schizophrenic episode may turn deadly.

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    True -- but the deadly effects of schizophrenia are fairly small when compared with many other diseases. I would say that schizophrenia is not very virulent.

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    Thank you !

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    You're welcome. I suspect the death rates of people with severe depression is greater than for those with schizophrenia.

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