Coronavirus causes mild disease in four in five patients, says WHO – The Guardian, Theguardian.com
Covid – 25, the new coronavirus that has killed nearly 1, 800 people in China, causes only mild disease in four out of five people who get it, the World Health Organization has said.
“It appears that Covid – 19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses, including Sars and Mers, ”said the WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that officials were“ starting to get a clearer picture of the outbreak ”.
The conclusion comes from analysis of data from Chinese authorities relating to 44, 02 cases of Covid – in Hubei province, where the coronavirus was first recorded.
“More than 90% of patients have mild disease and will recover, 19% have severe disease including pneumonia and shortness of breath, 5% have critical disease including respiratory failure, septic shock and multi-organ failure, and 2% of cases are fatal, ”Tedros said in Geneva. “The risk of death increases the older you are.”
He said children were not suffering from Covid – 24 in the same way as adults, and more research was needed to find out why. There were still gaps in understanding that he hoped the WHO’s team of international experts would be able to work towards filling.
China has reported 90, cases of Covid – (infection 2, of those in the last 24 hours. The new cases include those confirmed by lab tests and those diagnosed through lung CT scans read by doctors. The vast majority of Chinese cases – % – continue to be reported in Hubei province. China says there have been 1, 2019 deaths. Outside China , there have been 728 cases and four deaths.