Latest Coronavirus figures
As of 06/23/2020 – The global Coronavirus death toll stands at 470,482 deaths out of 9135035 confirmed cases. This gives an average mortality rate for the virus of 5.15*%. The total number of patients that have recovered from the disease is 4863603. (Source: BBC News)
*5.25% is based on current confirmed cases. However, if as is expected there is mass under-reporting of the virus, then the mortality rate will be lower, because the number of actual cases will be much higher than the confirmed cases. The presumed mortality rate is 1% – 2% (Source: English Chief Medical Officer)
Figures from China indicate those aged 10-39 have a 0.2% mortality rate, those in their 60s have a mortality rate of 3.6%. and for those aged 80 and older this rises to almost 15%. (Source: Chinese Centre for Disease Control)
This ties in with Italy which has a mortality rate for the virus of 6%, but has an elderly population, so the higher figure is to be expected.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a flu type virus that has triggered a global pandemic. It causes viral pneumonia which is not treatable by antibiotics, nor with any of the antiviral drugs commonly used for treating flu.
Where we are at with the Coronavirus Infection
As of now (early March 2020), Coronavirus is for most people a mild illness. It is most serious in the elderly or those with existing health conditions such as diabetes, or suppressed immune systems, for example.
The problem with it being a mild illness in most people, is that people can pass this virus onto those who are at risk, without actually knowing they are infectious.
Studies have shown most people are infectious for up to five days before feeling ill. This means that it is very difficult to actually work out who has the illness and who has not.
Scientists are urgently trying to find a vaccine for the virus but as of early March, there is no vaccine for this virus. There are some under development but the earliest a vaccine trial can start is April 2020.
This means that we all have to start planning and improving our virus control to ensure that we do not pass the virus onto anyone, or pick it up from anyone.
The best and quickest ways to do this for now, include washing your hands, wearing face masks if necessary, and using hand sanitizers and multi-surface antibacterial cleaners to keep yourself and your environment as free of the virus as possible.
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How to protect yourself from Coronavirus
1. Wear a face mask. Coronavirus face masks help reduce the chance of you getting infected or infecting someone else. They stop you coughing over someone else, and also protect you from the larger drops of moisture people produce when they are coughing nearby.
Remember people can be infectious for up to five days and pass on the Coronavirus, without even realising they have the virus or even feeling ill. Don’t take the chance.
2. Washing your hands as often as you can is crucial It costs nothing and is the most effective way to reduce the chance of you picking up the virus or passing it on to someone else. Rewash them after you sneeze or cough.
3. Try not to cough or sneeze over your hands, on surfaces or directly in front of people.
4. Use a hand sanitizer and always carry some with you. It will kill the virus you may have picked up by touch, and reduce the chance of you passing it onto your child, partner, or colleague by touching them. Apply some after washing your hands and ‘top up’ regularly throughout the day.
5. Multi-surface sanitizers do a pretty good job on the toughest viruses and bacteria, and can eliminate up to 99% of coronaviruses, noroviruses, flu and cold viruses.
The Coronavirus can survive for a few days on hard surfaces. Multi-surface sanitizers kill the Coronavirus dead on the surface of things like toilets, tables, door handles, or desks etc. By using a biocide multi-surface sanitizer you reduce the chance of you picking up the virus by touching a contaminated surface.
6. If you are not wearing a face mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you have to cough or sneeze and do not have a tissue, try holding your arm up in front of your face and sneezing or coughing into your elbow, or the inside of your upper arm.
7. If you have returned from an infected area or think you may have caught the virus, follow your countries guidelines and medical practitioners advice. This is liable to change as the phases of dealing with the virus change and resources and medical services come under strain.