Covid-19: Figures and Propagation Statistics

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An epidemic of an infectious disease called Covid-19 is currently raging around the world. This disease is caused by SARS-CoV-2, the new virus of the coronavirus family. Figures and statistics to better understand the extent of this disease.


Covid-19: from a simple geographical epidemic to a global pandemic

The Covid-19 first appeared in China, in the city of Wuhan to be precise. The conditions for the appearance of the virus are still unclear, but studies by the Chinese authorities have shown that people infected by consuming products sometimes sold illegally in the market of this city. If at the end of 2019, the disease was raging only in China, the virus spread very quickly throughout the world. Currently, the disease affects 180 countries around the world and there are no fewer than 2.98 million cases.

Until the end of March, China was at the centre of the pandemic with nearly 83,878 cases. Recently, the United States overtook it with more than 843,937 infections and nearly 47,808 victims. Other European countries are also heavily impacted by the disease. With 25,085 deaths, Italy has suffered the greatest loss. France, for its part, is one of the four global outbreaks with 157,135 recorded cases and 21,340 recorded deaths.

In some countries, the epidemic seems to be “under control”. This is the case of Germany. Although the country registers 139,243 infected people, the mortality rate of those who are ill is relatively low, at around 3.8%. Currently, Germany has four times fewer deaths than France.


Covid-19: more contagious and deadlier than seasonal influenza

Most people carrying the virus, about 80% recover without any special care. However, this does not mean that this disease is less dangerous than other viral infections. Based on worldwide figures, it is possible to suggest that its level of contagion is between 1.5 and 3.5, which is higher than the contagiousness of seasonal influenza. This means that a person infected with this virus can infect between 1.5 and 3.5 people on average. Its mortality rate is also less than 3%, which is much higher than that of seasonal flu.


Covid-19: high mortality among the elderly

Approximately 6.1% of people with Covid-19 develop a severe form. The lethality is generally in those deemed at risk, i.e., those with pre-existing disease and the elderly. Figures also show that of the approximately 85,000 coronavirus-related deaths worldwide, 15% occur in people aged 80 years and older.


What about recovery in all this?

The pandemic is spreading rapidly, with many victims forgetting that the disease is curable. Most of the time, those affected can be cured without specific treatment. According to figures recorded on 23 April 2020, 722,372 people have been cured of Covid-19 worldwide.