Probably, now you know all about coronavirus, how it spreads, how to prevent infecting coronavirus, what are symptoms of coronavirus and all. But still, you might be wondering, “can the coronavirus lead to death?”.
The first news about novel coronavirus was reported two months ago, but still, the danger does not fade away. The dangerous part is, it takes one to two weeks to show the symptoms. It is still not as deadly as the SARS virus.
When SARS ended, there were only about 8,000 people infected with about 774 deaths related to SARS. The coronavirus has already surpassed that in two months, and there are 40 554 confirmed cases globally. That is much higher than SARS. SARS went on from 2002 to 2003, and we cannot exactly say when will novel coronavirus stops.
SARS had a death rate of close to 10%, while the Wuhan coronavirus is around 2% currently. It is too early to tell if it will stay at 2%. Many pharmaceutical companies and medical experts are working very hard for a vaccine to cure the infection. Still, only time will tell if they can successfully create one.
The most significant difference we’ve noticed so far between SARS and Wuhan coronavirus is the coronavirus spreads much faster than SARS. It kills the infected person very slowly to the point where they probably don’t want to live anymore.
According to the World Health Organization, as to the date 10th of February 2020,
- Globally 40 554 confirmed cases (3085 new)
- China 40 235 confirmed cases (3073 new)
- 6484 severe cases (296 new)
- 909 deaths cases (97 new)
- Outside of China 319 proved (12 new)
Coronavirus is spreading through 24 countries and one death outside of China.
The risk of infecting coronavirus is very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level.
The youngest coronavirus infected person is a newborn baby who was born on the 2nd of February 2020. The baby was born in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus. The mother of the baby was tested before she gave birth, and she was coronavirus positive. But the unclear point is how the baby was infected. Is it transmitted in the womb or after childbirth?
Most coronaviruses don’t kill humans. Many examples of the coronavirus family do not cause illness in humans at all. Some of them cause the common cold, SARS, and MERS. SARS and MERS are deadly coronaviruses. The Wuhan virus spreading in China right now is another member of the coronavirus family.
The mortality rate of coronavirus
The SARS and MERS, two types of coronaviruses cause severe respiratory infections in humans. The SARS virus kills an average of 15% of their victims. The MERS virus kills an average of 35% of its victims. In both cases, the infection starts with a common cold and then leads to a complete respiratory collapse.
The Wuhan virus causes a much lower respiratory infection in most patients than SARS and MERS. In a small minority of patients, the virus will develop into a form of pneumonia. Others show symptoms of the common cold and high fever. The Wuhan virus has an approximately 2% mortality rate.
Can the coronavirus lead to death?
So yes, with the 2% mortality rate, coronaviruses CAN lead to death.
Any pathogenic respiratory virus like coronavirus can kill healthy people. Still, the death rate among apparently healthy people is minimal compared to the death rate among people with compromised immune systems or compromised respiratory systems and younger people.
According to the daily statistics, the death rate is increasing gradually.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of this virus include high fever, respiratory problems, shortness of breath, and coughing. In extreme cases, it can even lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
But, experts in medicine say that apart from the previously mentioned symptoms like respiratory problems and high temperatures, there are other symptoms like digestive problems, such as diarrhea, as well as headaches.
Some patients are reported with vision problems, too, like pink eyes. Meanwhile, the coronavirus is mainly spreading through the respiratory tract.
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Coronavirus takes about one or two weeks to show the symptoms. To avoid the spreading of coronavirus without knowing, the suspects are keeping away from outside. According to the World Health Organization and health experts, the incubation period is to be between one and 14 days, meaning you could have it without knowing, and you could also be passing it on.
The novel coronavirus is spreading faster than SARS or MERS. So stay safe, guys.
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