Majority of people who get infected with the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, experience mild symptoms and then eventually recover. This is according to scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention who, last month, published a research paper analyzing the data for the first 72,314 people diagnosed with Covid-19.
As reported by CNN.com, it may still take a long time before the world fully understands Covid-19, but this information may already give some insight into those most vulnerable to the virus.
As stressed by the Daily Mail: “Researchers there found that more than 80 percent of people diagnosed with the disease sweeping the globe only developed fever, cough and some aches and pains.”
Not this is worth stressing: China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admits that the high rate of people with only mild or no symptoms might mean that many simply aren’t getting diagnosed.
The data from the research noted:
- Men and women have roughly the same chance of contracting the virus. Looking at 44,672 patients confirmed to have the disease, the researchers found there were 106 diagnosed men per 100 women.
- The impact appears to be worse on men – at least among those who were part of the study. While 2.8% of the men diagnosed with the disease died, only 1.7% of women did.
- More than 80% experienced only mild symptoms. Almost 14% were categorized as severe cases, while the condition of almost 5% was determined to be critical.
- Children were not immune, but – at least those considered in the study – showed less severe symptoms than adults. CNN.com reported that a separate study published in the medical journal Pediatrics examined 731 confirmed and 1,412 suspected cases of Covid-19 in children. This separate study found that more than 90% of all pediatric patients were asymptomatic, showing mild or common forms of illness. About 13% of patients did not show symptoms of illness. Out of the combined 2,143 cases, one child, a 14-year-old boy, died and nearly 6% of cases were severe. It is still uncertain why children with Covid-19 were not as ill as adults.
While the actual recovery rates for Covid-19 won’t be clear until after the outbreak, there is indication that most people recover from the illness.
In a situation report released earlier, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that of the 80,928 confirmed cases in mainland China, 70,420 people have been “cured and discharged from hospital” versus 3,245 who died. The rest of the patients are still ill.
It noted that:
- The older the patient, the more risk they face from the virus.
- The fatality rate increased as the patients’ ages went up. Among people aged 49 or younger, only about 0.2% of those who contracted the disease died, compared to 14.8% of those who were 80 and older.
- People with chronic diseases before contracting the virus were more likely to die – e.g. high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes.