Up to now, the pandemic pneumonia caused by a new strain of corona virus (Covid-19) caused 1879 deaths and more than 72,000 infections worldwide, mainly in Hubei province – disease outbreak site.
But just how real was Covid-19’s death? Recently, the World Health Organization WHO has provided an answer to this problem. Accordingly, the Covid-19 epidemic showed only mild symptoms in most patients, with a ratio of 4: 5.
Image of Covid-19 virus under electron microscope
“In fact, Covid-19 is not as deadly as other corona viruses – SARS and MERS, for example,” – quoted WHO Director General, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and added “The authorities have begun to have a clearer view of the epidemic.”
This conclusion was made after analyzing data from the Chinese government, involving 44,000 cases of Covid-19 infection in Hubei province.
“More than 80% of patients have only mild symptoms, have been and will recover; 14% develop more severe illness, including pneumonia and shortness of breath, 5% are in critical condition, including respiratory failure, septic shock, multiple organ failure; and the death rate is 2%, “ – Tedros shared at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The risk of death will increase with the elderly.”
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
According to the general manager, children infected with corona virus Covid-19 do not have to suffer in the same way as adults, and this needs researchers to find out. There are still gaps of knowledge, and WHO hopes international experts will clarify soon.
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Tedros said that in the past few days, the number of new infections in China has been on the decline. “This trend will need to be analyzed with caution, because it may change.” – he shared. WHO will continue to work tirelessly to help other countries around the world to cope with the risk of disease outbreaks: continue to send supplies – test kits, protective equipment, etc. ensure uninterrupted supply, and train health workers in the field.
During the press conference, Mr. Tedros also thanked countries that have contributed to the $ 675 million fund – the amount they need to cope with the disease. “We don’t see the emergency situation right now. Funds are opening up. We need supply right now to make sure countries get ready. We don’t know this opportunity will be.” How long does it last? “
On February 17, Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergency program director, said that Covid-19 was not necessarily described as a pandemic, even though it had spread to 25 countries outside of China. “The real problem is whether there is any effective spread to communities outside of China, and that hasn’t happened yet,” – he shared.
Talking about the Diamond Princess insulated yacht, Dr. Sylvie Briand, director of WHO’s epidemic division, said the organization is working closely with authorities in Japan to better control the second largest outbreak. This world.
“We need to make sure we aim for the right goals, which is to control viruses, not people, and how to balance not only the health of the people in the country, but also those who are stuck on the ship, ” – quote from Mrs. Briand.
“A lot of things have not been clarified yet. Precautionary measures are being taken with a frequency of nearly 1 hour, because each passing moment has new changes.”
And indeed, the Covid-19 corona virus is making quite strange changes. On February 17, experts reported a number of strange cases, with a longer incubation period than the WHO-recommended quarantine. According to the Global Times, a patient in Wuhan has an incubation period of up to 34 days. Another patient from Wuhan even went up to 94 days.
“The latest data shows that 95% of patients incubate for less than 12 days. There are some exceptions, longer than the specified time,” – Dr. Michael Head, researcher at Southampton University shared. However, Head said 34 and 94 days are unbelievable times. “These people may have been exposed to another pathogen in recent days.”
“The incubation period must be based on the most feasible evidence. We are continuing to explore and collect more data so we can update more soon.”
Reference: The Guardian