Making sense of COVID-19 Figures

As President Rodrigo Duterte declares community quarantine in Metro Manila effective March 15, 2020, a lot of people are looking for the latest data on the impact of COVID-19.

They want to be informed and remain calm and objective about this world’s newest pandemic, and they would like to help spread information that will not cause panic to the general public.

There’s one Chos! found circulating in social media.

Does this make sense to you? Take a look.

There are 116,000 people who are sick with Coronavirus at the moment, of which 80,000 are in China with a population of over 1.1 billion.

This means that if you are not in or haven’t recently visited China, this should eliminate 69% of your concern.

If you do contact Coronavirus, this still is not a cause for panic because:

88% of the Cases are MILD Only

12% of the Cases are CRITICAL

This means that even if you do get the virus, you are most likely to recover from it.

Some have said, “but this is worse than SARS!”.

SARS had a fatality rate of 10% while COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 6% Moreover, looking at the ages of those who are dying of this virus, the death rate for the people UNDER 50 years of age is only 0.2%.

This means that if you are under 50 years of age and don’t live in China – you are more likely to win the lottery (which has a 1 in 45,000,000 chance).

Let’s take one of the worst days so far, the 10th of February, when 108 people in China died of Coronavirus.

On the same day:

26,283 people died of Cancer 24,641 people died of Heart Disease 4,300 people died of Diabetes Suicide took 28 times more lives than the virus did.

Mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day.

Humans kill 1,300 fellow humans every day. And Snakes kill 137 people every day.

Sharks kill 2 people a year.

Do the daily things to support your immune system and don’t live in fear.

(Have a) positive mind set amidst negativity everywhere.

Strengthen yourself. That’s the key.

If you get caught on fear, and think that you’ll catch it, you definitely would.

Think about proper hygiene, stronger immune system, precaution rather than panic, and self-control. The sickness itself will just pass on you because it can’t penetrate your body.”