Why Covid-19 is not a death sentence

 

By DR. EDUARDO GONZALES

Q—What are the chances that you will die if you get Covid-19? Is the disease almost a death sentence?—​Lj_dejuan@gmail.com

A—Let me make one thing clear, Covid-19 is not a death sentence though this is what both the mass and social media make it appear because of their emphasis on the daily increase in new cases and number of deaths rather than the number of patients who recover from the disease. The truth is most people who get sick with Covid-19 recover.

How many of those who get infected with Covid-19 die?

RECOVERED. Medical staff wave goodbye to a recovered COVID-19 coronavirus patient at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on March 16, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Currently, testing for Covid-19 is performed only on individuals who get sick enough to seek medical consultation and individuals who are known to have been in contact with positive cases and tracked down by health care workers. The big unknown is how many people become infected with Covid-19 but are asymptomatic or with symptoms too mild to seek treatment.

Of those who get into contact with the health care system and who test positive for Covid-19, more than 80 percent get only the mild form of the illness and recover, but a significant number succumb to the disease. As of March 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the fatality rate of COVID-19 is 4.3 percent.

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