Coronavirus Outbreak; 10 Common Misconceptions

3. COVID-19 is a deadly virus

The outbreak of COVID-19 is a major public health problem worldwide, not because it is deadly but because it is highly virulent, as mentioned above. As a matter of fact, studies show that 81% of infected people develop mild respiratory disease. The majority of them will be relieved by using simple measures at home, and only around 14% will develop a more severe illness that requires supplemental oxygen. Symptoms in these cases include shortness of breath, and other patients may experience even more severe symptoms, with respiratory failure and organ failure, but they are only a 5% of the total number of cases.

Susceptible individuals include seniors and people with chronic health problems or severe diseases. However, the fact that you won’t get a deadly disease does not mean you should take it lightly. The virus is highly infectious and spreads rapidly. If we don’t contribute to slowing down its expansion, we will soon have crowded hospitals, and the medical services won’t be able to hold and support so many people, all of them with the same respiratory problem.

Coronavirus Outbreak: 10 Common Misconceptions