There is a worldwide panic after the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in China. The virus has now spread to other parts of the world as well.
Debunking the idea that influenza kills more people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the mortality rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) has surpassed influenza’s.
In China, close to 3,000 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19, while over 80,000 positive cases are reported. Apart from China, over 50 deaths have taken place in Iran and Italy
As per the study conducted, elderly people are more prone to the deadly virus. No fatality was reported among children up to nine years. Meanwhile, the mortality rate due to the deadly virus is very less in patients below 40 years.
“COVID-19 causes more severe diseases than seasonal influenza. While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection and some will suffer severe disease. Globally about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO.
Coronavirus AgeWise Mortality Rate:
|80 + Years||14.80%|
|70-79 years old||8.00%|
|60-69 years old||3.60%|
|50-59 years old||1.30%|
|40-49 years old||0.40%|
|30-39 years old||0.20%|
|20-29 years old||0.20%|
|10-19 years old||0.20%|
|0-9 years old||0.00%|
According to the WHO data, for COVID-19, data to date suggest that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring ventilation.
As per the report, men are the worst affected by a coronavirus. Around 2.8 per cent mortality rate was reported among men, while the 1.7 per cent death rate was reported among females. The report also suggests that people with cardiovascular disease are the worst affected by the virus. A total of 10.50 per cent of the death rate was reported in these cases.
For the uninitiated, in India, three fresh cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 48 hours, including an Italian national who landed in Jaipur on February 29. The other two patients suffering from COVID-19 are from Delhi and Hyderabad.
Six other people who came in contact with the Italian national have also been detected positive for the deadly virus.