Most people infected by the new coronavirus in China have mild symptoms, with older patients and those with underlying conditions most at risk from the disease, according to a study by Chinese researchers.
It is now clear that most people who contract the new coronavirus will experience only mild symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and respiratory problems. In many cases they may be unwell and not even realize they have the virus. This essentially makes it impossible to know for sure how many cases of the virus there really are. In all likelihood the actual number of people affected globally could be significantly higher than that quoted by the WHO.
Nevertheless, despite the dramatic headlines in the mainstream media, most people who contract the virus can expect to make a full recovery. Just like influenza, however, it can still pose a risk for the elderly and people suffering from pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and immune-related problems.
By means of a comparison, the World Health Organization’s own estimates show that annual influenza epidemics result in a global total of up to 5 million severe cases of illness each year, causing up to 650,000 deaths.
At national level, estimates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that between 1 October 2019 and 25 January 2020 there had been up to 26 million cases of influenza in the United States alone. These may have resulted in up to 310,000 hospitalizations and 25,000 deaths.
Clearly therefore, both in terms of the number of cases and the resulting deaths, the scale of the threat posed to human health and life by influenza is far greater than that posed by the new coronavirus.
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