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Update - Coronavirus

March 04, 2020
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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

Citations:

  1. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR1coeHbPy7oE_3oX0gz9AWhMDFEd5XqwyNvwvaox2VRjxNWIh5DXmNkDnQ
  2. 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
  3. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR1coeHbPy7oE_3oX0gz9AWhMDFEd5XqwyNvwvaox2VRjxNWIh5DXmNkDnQ
  4. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/02/comparing‐outbreaks‐coronavirus‐mers‐sars‐health‐epidemic/