What is The Recovery Rate For Coronavirus?

The world has been shocked by the effect of the current coronavirus pandemic. There have been more than 1,300,000 cases of the disease worldwide with more than 74,000 deaths.

These numbers look really scary and might paint a picture that most people who get infected with the disease become seriously ill and a huge percentage may die.

This isn’t the whole truth.

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In fact, most people, well over 90% of people who get infected with the disease will survive and make a complete recovery.

Also, 5 in 6 people infected will have just mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Only 1 in 6 will need special treatment.

Coronavirus Recovery Rate

Since the disease is currently active and spreading in many countries worldwide, many districts and states are only reporting the number of cases and deaths, leaving out the number of people who have recovered.

So, it is not clear what the exact recovery rate is. However, we can use the data provided to give an estimate of what percentage of people are expected to recover by looking at the death rate.

Globally, there have been 1,360,233 cases of the disease and 75,961 deaths.

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This means the fatality rate is about 5.58%. This means that at 94.42% of people recover fully.

In the US, the fatality rate is much lower, 2.98%, so, a larger percentage of infected people are expected to survive.

The real global recovery rate is likely much higher than 94.42% since many countries have been testing only people with symptoms, leaving out the asymptomatic carriers.

Many infected people have recovered without even knowing they had the disease since they were not tested.

Who’s More Likely To Get Seriously Ill From The Disease?

Most people will have mild or no symptoms and won’t require hospitalization.

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However, the disease can cause serious illness in older people or those with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

What To Do if You Think You’re Infected

If you are ill or have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, you should stay at home, use a separate room and bathroom, self-isolate, avoid public places and call your primary healthcare giver about your symptoms.

You should also wear a face mask, avoid sharing utensils, wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched items.

If your symptoms are not mild, you should call your healthcare facility and report your symptoms before heading there so they can be prepared to care for you and prevent the infection from spreading to others.

What Does The Test for Coronavirus Feel Like?

Two swabs that look like long q-tips are used to take samples from the nose and throat. It might be uncomfortable but not painful. The swabs will then be sent to the laboratory for viral testing.

How To Prevent COVID-19

  • Avoid large gatherings during the outbreak
  • Avoid close contact (less than a meter) with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth
  • Make sure people around you use a disposable tissue to cover their nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell and call your local clinic before heading out.
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