The latest news from WHO says that the death rate for the alerting Coronavirus is 3.4 percent which is higher than the previous figures of about 2 percent.
“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who is the Director-General of World Health Organization(WHO) during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. The death rate seems to be higher than the seasonal flu, which kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.
The coronavirus disease which is also known as the COVID-19 outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, has killed over 3000 people and infected over 100,000 around the world.
Even though the death rate is likely to change further, as the number of cases are confirmed and taken into account, experts predict that the death rate will decrease in the longer term.
“This is a unique virus, with unique features. This virus is not influenza,” Tedros said.
Noting the differences between the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases like MERS, SARS, and Influenza Tedros said that COVID-19 did not transmit as efficiently as the flu, which can be spread widely by people who are infected but not yet showing symptoms.
Tedros added that the mortality rate could vary on the place where a patient receives treatment. He told that mild cases would recover in about two weeks, whereas severe cases could take three to six weeks to recover.
AGE IS A FACTOR:
The risk of death is based on a variety of factors, including where they are treated, their AGE, and any preexisting health conditions.
A study conducted by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention team showed that the virus mostly affected older people with preexisting health problems.
A soothing thing is that around 80% of the cases are mild.
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergency program, said Monday that the coronavirus is not transmitting the same way as the flu.
COVID-19 cases have been reported in at least 76 countries, with a vast majority in China.
“Here we have a disease for which we have no vaccine, no treatment, we don’t fully understand transmission, we don’t fully understand case mortality, but what we have been genuinely heartened by is that unlike influenza, where countries have fought back, where they’ve put in place strong measures, we’ve remarkably seen that the virus is suppressed,” Ryan said.