This was announced at a briefing by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhan Gebreisus.
Also on topic: Coronavirus from China: latest news
WHO Director-General Tedros Gebreisus “China has published a document detailing more than 44,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. These data give us a better idea of the age range of patients, the severity of the disease and the mortality rate. ”
These data suggest that Covid-19 is less deadly than other coronaviruses that caused previous epidemics. The mortality rate is about 2%, while approximately 9% of patients died during an outbreak of SARS coronavirus. And mortality from the coronavirus MERS generally exceeded 30%.
How dangerous is Covid-19
In 80% of cases, Covid-19 leads only to mild symptoms that are not dangerous.
Serious problems develop in 14% of cases, including pneumonia and breathing problems.
In 5% of cases, the disease leads to critical conditions – respiratory failure, septic shock.
In 2% of cases, patients die. The older the person, the more dangerous this virus is for him, while children become infected quite rarely. It also turned out that men die more often (2.8%) than women (1.7%).
Coronavirus mortality by age as a percentage / BBC infographic
The head of WHO also added that the published data indicate a slowdown in the epidemic in China, but he advised to treat this information very carefully, according to him, the situation may change.
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