The continuous spread of coronavirus without a cure at the moment keeps a lot of people across the globe in perpetual fear. Despite the preventive measures put in place, no one knows who is likely to catch it. In countries where the death toll and the number of affected people keep rising, people are significantly concerned about their health and life. There are some facts you need to know about the disease and its death rate.
At the moment, there are many theories and myths concerning the death rate and who is more likely to die from the virus. But then, in reality, there are confirmed answers to this question. The death rate differs from one country to another, and other conditions can affect the fatality rate. For instance, those in Italy possess a higher risk of dying from the virus than any other country in Europe.
What is your chance of dying from the coronavirus?
There are a few things you should know about when talking about the death rate of the virus. So, before you start developing unnecessary fear, you should know a few facts.
Existing health issues
One of the essential facts about the coronavirus is that people with pre-existing health conditions are more prone to get the virus and die from it. Since their immune system is already weakened, they become an easy target for the corona disease. The patients with heart disease have a 10.5% death rate according to the CCDC, while diabetes patients have a death rate of 7.3%.
Additionally, those who suffer from some chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma have a high chance of contracting and dying from the deadly virus. This is because they might have a problem with their cellular barrier that serves as protection for their lungs.
Currently, it is reported that people who are under the age of 40 have a 0.2% chance of death once they contract the virus. It is 15% high for those above the age of 80 years. Age is an essential factor in the chances of survival in case of an outbreak. These figures have not been static; they keep fluctuating by the hour.
Before now, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC)’s chart informs that the death rate of patients above the age of 80 is 14.8% while the rate for those below 49 years is 0.5%. It is 8% for those within the age of 70 years old. It went all the way down to 3.65% for those within the age of 60.
Impact of your location
With China being the epicentre of the virus, there is a higher risk of contracting the virus in China. Most of the first cases reported in other countries were travellers from China and those who had contact with them. The death rate varies depending on the country. After China, Italy is another country that experienced one of the worst cases of death from the virus. The death rate of 7% has been reported in the country.
Some theorists have likened the high death rate in Italy to their common smoking habit. This may not be true as there are countries with higher smoking habit than Italy. The reports from experts show that the high death rate is a result of their failure to make quick efforts to contain the virus at the initial stage of the outbreak.
Iran has also recorded a high death rate compared to other countries. The United States of America has a high number of reported cases and a few confirmed deaths. Countries in Africa have the lowest cases of the virus and fatality rate. Some experts liken it to the hot weather of the region. Some believe the virus cannot survive under sweltering weather.
The virus has a lower fatality rate for women at a percentage of 1.7. Sadly, it is 2.8% for men. Women are less likely to be infected by the virus. They have 49% of all the reported cases of the infection while the menfolk have a total of 65%. The reason behind this discovery is not known to researchers yet. Some believe it is a result of women’s strong immune system, which implies that gender is an essential factor to consider equally.
There are some reports from a few professionals indicating the difference in the death rate between the two genders is caused by the excessive intake of alcohol among men. Some others believe men have a higher risk of having pre-existing health issues like diabetes and heart infection.
Coronavirus has caused troubling moments for many countries, especially China, where it originated. People are losing hope as the hours roll by on the health agencies for the solution to this pandemic. The American Government organised a national day of prayer on Sunday, the 15th of March, 2020, to seek God’s intervention. Scientists and health experts are also working hard to find a lasting solution to the virus. We hope that it will end soon and everyone will be healthy!
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. Therefore, it is not a substitute for expert advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility.