How many people have recovered from coronavirus?
Despite what seems to be a spiralling rate of infections, the symptoms of coronavirus are reasonably mild.
Dr Nasia Safdar told NBC News: “For most people, this will be the course. It will be like a cold.”
Dr Helen Wimalarathna, Lecturer in Health Sciences at the Open University, explained that while the virus has infected more people in comparison to SARS and MERS, the virus also looks less likely to cause fatalities.
She added: “The evidence so far suggests that COVID-19 is spread more easily than either SARS or MERS, but that the consequences of infection are less serious – so for most fit and healthy individuals a COVID-19 infection is likely to be something like a heavy cold.
“For a small proportion of infected individuals, somewhere between one percent and three percent of those with a confirmed case of the disease, the disease can be fatal.
“To put this into context, the case fatality of SARS and MERS were roughly 11 percent and 43 percent, respectively; while the case fatality of measles is around 15 percent.”
Published at Sun, 08 Mar 2020 10:25:00 +0000