Overview of the Coronavirus Outbreak1:
There are currently 84,151 confirmed cases and 2,876 deaths from the Coronavirus (COVID‐19) outbreak (as of February 28, 2020).
- Cases in Mainland China: 78,832
- Cases in other countries: 5,319
- The Coronavirus has spread to 59 countries and territories around the world.
- In the United States, there are currently 60 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, in six states.
- Total active cases peaked on February 17th at 58,747 and have since been declining.
- There have been 39,750 cases with an outcome (2,876 deaths and 36,874 recovered).
- The total active cases now stand at 44,401, a drop of about 24% from the peak on February 17th.
Previous Outbreak Comparisons2:
- In 2002, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had 8,098 confirmed cases and 774 deaths; a mortality rate of about 10%.
- In 2012, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had 2,494 confirmed cases and 858 deaths (as of Nov. 30, 2019); mortality rate of 34%.
- The Coronavirus has infected over 83,000 people, while the death toll has risen above 2,800; mortality rate of about 3%.3
Conclusion: Coronavirus is more contagious but less fatal than SARS and MERS.4
- SARS and MERS Statistics https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/01/22/798277557/how‐does‐wuhan‐coronavirus‐compare‐to‐mers‐sars‐and‐the‐ common‐cold