What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? All you need to know about symptoms, prevention, treatment, death rate and LIVE statistics

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? All you need to know about symptoms, prevention, treatment and death rate

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus, a new family of viruses, which surfaced in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

Symptoms of COVID-19

People may be out cold the weather furthermore the virus for 1 to 14 days in the before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and teetotal cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the illness without needing special treatment.

More rarely, the illness can be frightful and even fatal. Older people, and people as well as subsidiary medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart illness), may be more vulnerable to becoming deeply ill.

People may experience:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing (severe cases)

Prevention

There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

Do

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell

Don’t

  • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean

Treatments

There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe.

Self care

If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • drink plenty of liquids
  • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

Statistics

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Age of Coronavirus Deaths

Fatality Rate by AGE:

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on the age group. The percentages shown below do not have to add up to 100%, as they do NOT represent share of deaths by age group.

AGEDEATH RATE
confirmed cases
DEATH RATE
all cases
80+ years old21.9%14.8%
70-79 years old8.0%
60-69 years old3.6%
50-59 years old1.3%
40-49 years old0.4%
30-39 years old0.2%
20-29 years old0.2%
10-19 years old0.2%
0-9 years oldno fatalities

Sex ratio

Fatality Rate by SEX:

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on sex. When reading these numbers, it must be taken into account that smoking in China is much more prevalent among males. Smoking increases the risks of respiratory complications.

SEXDEATH RATE
confirmed cases
DEATH RATE
all cases
Male4.7%2.8%
Female2.8%1.7%

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide. For more information, check back regularly on WHO’s coronavirus pages. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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