Coronavirus infects a MILLION people worldwide
It’s official. The coronavirus pandemic has crossed a MILLION cases reported worldwide. Just a month ago, the total stood at 95 thousand cases, most of them in China. However, today’s picture is much gloomier. And it is only going to get worse from here on out. The USA now accounts for a quarter of all cases – 241,000 as of 4 pm ET. Italy and France have crossed the 100k milestone and stand at 115,000 and 110,000 respectively. Here are the statistics as of April 2:
How quickly is the virus spreading?
The virus may have seemed like a distant threat in China. But now that it has struck at home, we have yet to become fully aware of its consequences. The coronavirus is not extremely fatal as some people suppose. However, it is extremely contagious. And basic arithmetic says, the more number of people infected, the more number of deaths you can expect. Moreover, it’s rate of progress is only going to increase with time. Understand this: the number went from 100,000 to 200,000 in 12 days. It doubled to 400,000 in 6 days. It doubled to more than 800,000 in a week. If it’s one million today, we can easily expect more than 2 million cases by mid-April.
The death rate of the coronavirus pandemic:
While a pandemic is its early stage, it is difficult to guess its mortality rate. Scientists could not predict its path when the coronavirus was limited to China only. Moreover, many people speculated that the data reported by the Chinese government would be inaccurate anyways. However, scientists can guess the death rate of COVID-19 now. But first, you should know the difference between case and infection fatality rate. Coronavirus has now claimed more people in the US than 9/11.
The infection fatality rate of coronavirus is around 4%. That is, only 4 out of 100 people that get infected might die from the virus. However, the case fatality rate doesn’t take unreported cases into account so it seems much more, well, fatal. It stands at 20% worldwide, 36% for the US, 43% for Italy, but 4% for China. There are only two ways to stop its spread now: stary at home and wash your hands.