New Chinese Study Finds That The Elderly Are Most At Risk From The Coronavirus [Infographic]
Chinese health officials have released their first report detailing the impact of the coronavirus, now officially known as COVID-19. The data was compiled by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention who used 72,314 patient records in their analysis and focused on 44,672 confirmed cases of the virus in Mainland China as of February 11, 2020. The research found that 80.9% of all confirmed cases are classified as “mild” with 13.8% falling under the category of “severe” and 4.7% deemed “critical”.
Out of the total number of confirmed cases used in the research, 1,023 deaths were recorded, equating to a case fatality rate of 2.3%. The results generally confirm and reinforce previous descriptions of the virus with the fatality rate gradually increasing with age. The disease has not resulted in any deaths among children up to the age of nine and among those aged between 10 and 39-years-old, the case fatality rate is just 0.2%. It rises to 3.6% in the 60-69 age bracket, however, climbing further to 8% among people aged 70 to 79. For those aged 80 and over, it’s 14.8%.
Another conclusion reached by the report is that men are more likely to die than women. It found that male patients have a 2.8% fatality rate compared to 1.7% for females. People with existing illnesses are also at higher risk with those suffering from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and chronic respiratory disease all experiencing a higher than average fatality rate. According to tracking from the Johns Hopkins University, there are 73,336 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally as of February 18, 2020 with 72,438 of those in Mainland China.
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