Top 10 Coronavirus Questions and Stats
Top 10 Coronavirus Questions and Stats

Coronavirus Questions You’re too afraid to ask [Most Common 10]

Here are the most common 10 questions people have about the newest coronavirus. In December 2019, a new virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, causing a sometimes fatal epidemic that later became a global emergency.

COVID-19 renamed now as SARS-CoV-2 belongs to a family of viruses that can manifest through colds to acute respiratory syndromes such as SARS, a virus that broke out in Hong Kong and killed nearly 800 people between 2002 and 2003.

1. When Will The Coronavirus Lockdowns Be Lifted?

According to ZeroHedge, it was 63 days after the restrictions were put in place until they were lifted. The following table summarizes the potential dates that restrictions on civic and economic activity could end in various key countries.

2. Why is the coronavirus so bad?

The virus has been described as “insidious” due to a large number of people who feel well enough to carry out their daily tasks, thus infecting other people. In just two months, the death toll exceeded that of the SARS epidemic.
COVID-19 Real Time Stats

At the beginning of February, the mortality rate was about 2%, significantly less than 10% for SARS. But the numbers cannot be certain until this point of the epidemic. According to Bloomberg, on March 7, 2020, there are close to 102,000 confirmed cases and 3,492 deaths since the beginning.

3. Will I die if I get infected?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is most problematic if you are over 70, a smoker and already had heart and lung problems of some kind.

The higher death rate in men could be caused by higher smoking rates for men in China. Smoking increases the risks of respiratory complications.

Patients who reported no pre-existing (“comorbid”) medical conditions had a case fatality rate of 0.9%. Having heart, lung, and diabetes increases the rate of death by 7 to 12 times.

COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) A breakdown of deaths by age
COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) A breakdown of deaths by age
Coronavirus COVID-19 Death rate by sex
Coronavirus COVID-19 Death rate by sex
Coronavirus COVID-19 Death rate by pre-existing conditions
Coronavirus COVID-19 Death rate by pre-existing conditions

SOURCES – WorldOMeter Data is from the Epidemiological Characteristics of an Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diseases (COVID-19) – China CCDC, February 17 2020.

4. What countries are most exposed to coronavirus?

About 80% of cases and deaths are in China. But the death rate — the number of known deaths out of the total number of confirmed cases — varies widely by country right now. The second in place is now Italy with over 12000 confirmed cases of which 2313 have been discovered in the last 24 hours.

 Generally, the death rate seems to decrease as more people are tested and cases are confirmed. The death rate of a disease is different from its mortality rate — the latter is the number of deaths out of the number of people in an at-risk population. A death rate is not a reflection of the likelihood that any given person will die if infected.

USA1,686,436099,30005.9% 451,70226.8%1,135,434
Brazil365,2131,59522,746306.2% 149,91141%192,556
Russia353,4278,9463,633921% 118,79833.6%230,996
Spain282,852028,752010.2% 196,95869.6%57,142
UK259,559036,793014.2% -0%222,766
Italy229,858032,785014.3% 140,47961.1%56,594
France182,584028,367015.5% 64,61735.4%89,600
Germany180,32808,37104.6% 161,20089.4%10,757
Turkey156,82704,34002.8% 118,69475.7%33,793
India139,9931,4574,039152.9% 58,09741.5%77,857
Iran137,7242,0237,451345.4% 107,71378.2%22,560
Peru119,95903,45602.9% 49,79541.5%66,708
Canada84,69906,42407.6% 43,98551.9%34,290
China82,985114,63405.6% 78,26894.3%83
Saudi Arabia72,560039000.5% 43,52060%28,650
Chile69,102071801% 28,14840.7%40,236
Mexico68,6202,7647,39421510.8% 47,42469.1%13,802
Belgium57,3422509,3123216.2% 15,29726.7%32,733
Pakistan56,3491,7481,167342.1% 17,48231%37,700
Qatar45,4651,7512630.1% 10,36322.8%35,076
Netherlands45,23605,822012.9% -0%39,414
Ecuador36,75603,10808.5% 3,5609.7%30,088
Belarus36,198019900.5% 14,15539.1%21,844
Bangladesh35,5851,975501211.4% 7,33420.6%27,750
Sweden33,45903,998011.9% 4,97114.9%24,490
Singapore31,9603442300.1% 14,87646.5%17,061
Switzerland30,746101,90716.2% 28,10091.4%739
Portugal30,62301,31604.3% 17,54957.3%11,758
UAE29,485024500.8% 15,05651.1%14,184
Ireland24,63901,60806.5% 21,06085.5%1,971
Indonesia22,7504791,391196.1% 5,64224.8%15,717
South Africa22,583042901.9% 11,10049.2%11,054
Kuwait21,96766516590.8% 6,62130.1%15,181
Poland21,44011499604.6% 9,27643.3%11,168
Ukraine21,24525962362.9% 7,23434.1%13,388
Colombia21,175072703.4% 5,01623.7%15,432
Romania18,2832131,197126.5% 11,63063.6%5,456
Egypt17,265076404.4% 4,80727.8%11,694
Israel16,720328011.7% 14,20384.9%2,237
Japan16,550082005% 13,41381%2,317
Austria16,5393664113.9% 15,13891.5%760
Dominican Republic14,801045803.1% 8,13354.9%6,210
Philippines14,31928487356.1% 3,32323.2%10,123
Argentina12,076045203.7% 3,73230.9%7,892
Denmark11,360056204.9% 9,90087.1%898
S. Korea11,2061626712.4% 10,22691.3%713
Afghanistan11,17359121912% 1,0979.8%9,857
Serbia11,159023802.1% 5,85752.5%5,064
Panama10,926030602.8% 6,27957.5%4,341
Bahrain9,13801400.2% 4,58750.2%4,537
Czechia8,957231503.5% 6,08367.9%2,559
Kazakhstan8,5312093500.4% 4,40051.6%4,096
Norway8,352023502.8% 7,72792.5%390
Algeria8,306060007.2% 4,57855.1%3,128
Nigeria7,839022602.9% 2,26328.9%5,350
Oman7,77003700.5% 1,93324.9%5,800
Morocco7,4956220012.7% 4,73763.2%2,558
Malaysia7,41717211501.6% 5,97980.6%1,323
Australia7,118410201.4% 6,53191.8%485
Armenia7,1134528761.2% 3,14544.2%3,881
Moldova7,093025663.6% 3,80253.6%3,035
Ghana6,8081253200.5% 2,07030.4%4,706
Finland6,5992030814.7% 5,10077.3%1,191
Bolivia6,263348250104% 62910%5,384
Cameroon4,890016503.4% 1,86538.1%2,860
Iraq4,469016003.6% 2,73861.3%1,571
Azerbaijan4,12204901.2% 2,60763.2%1,466
Luxembourg3,992011002.8% 3,76794.4%115
Honduras3,95020718064.6% 46811.8%3,302
Sudan3,820192165194.3% 45812%3,197
Hungary3,75615491513.1% 1,71145.6%1,554
Guatemala3,4243705831.7% 2587.5%3,108
Guinea3,27502000.6% 1,67351.1%1,582
Uzbekistan3,189251300.4% 2,60781.7%569
Senegal3,130833501.1% 1,51548.4%1,580
Thailand3,04225711.9% 2,92896.3%57
Tajikistan2,92904601.6% 1,30144.4%1,582
Greece2,878017105.9% 1,37447.7%1,333
Bulgaria2,433613005.3% 86235.4%1,441
Bosnia2,406514626.1% 1,69670.5%564
Côte d'Ivoire2,37603001.3% 1,21951.3%1,127
Djibouti2,27001000.4% 1,06446.9%1,196
Croatia2,24409904.4% 2,02790.3%118
DRC2,14106302.9% 31714.8%1,761
Macedonia1,9992111305.7% 1,43972%447
El Salvador1,983683501.8% 69835.2%1,250
Cuba1,94108204.2% 1,68987%170
Gabon1,93401200.6% 45923.7%1,463
Estonia1,82416513.6% 1,53884.3%221
Iceland1,80401000.6% 1,79199.3%3
Lithuania1,635126303.9% 1,13869.6%434
Somalia1,59406103.8% 20412.8%1,329
Mayotte1,58702001.3% 89456.3%673
Slovakia1,51122801.9% 1,30786.5%176
New Zealand1,50402101.4% 1,45696.8%27
Slovenia1,469110707.3% 1,34691.6%16
Kyrgyzstan1,433301621.1% 99269.2%425
Maldives1,3710400.3% 14410.5%1,223
Kenya1,21405104.2% 38331.5%780
Sri Lanka1,14871010.9% 69560.5%443
Venezuela1,12101000.9% 26223.4%849
Lebanon1,11952602.3% 68861.5%405
Guinea-Bissau1,1140600.5% 423.8%1,066
Hong Kong1,0660400.4% 1,03096.6%32
Tunisia1,05134804.6% 91787.3%86
Latvia1,04922202.1% 71267.9%315
Mali1,03006506.3% 59758%368
Albania1,00463203.2% 79579.2%177
Equatorial Guinea96001101.1% 16517.2%784
Haiti958932712.8% 222.3%909
Niger94506106.5% 78382.9%101
Cyprus93501701.8% 59463.5%324
Costa Rica93001001.1% 62066.7%300
Zambia9200700.8% 33636.5%577
Paraguay86201101.3% 30735.6%544
Burkina Faso81405206.4% 67282.6%90
Uruguay76902202.9% 61880.4%129
Andorra76205106.7% 65385.7%58
Georgia73111201.6% 52672%193
Diamond Princess71201301.8% 65191.4%48
Jordan7080901.3% 47166.5%228
Sierra Leone70704005.7% 24134.1%426
Nepal68279410.6% 11216.4%566
Chad67506008.9% 21531.9%400
San Marino66504206.3% 26640%357
Ethiopia65573500.8% 15924.3%491
South Sudan6550801.2% 60.9%641
Malta6111601% 48579.4%120
Central African Republic6040100.2% 223.6%581
Channel Islands55804508.1% 51792.7%-4
Jamaica5522901.6% 21138.2%332
Madagascar54215200.4% 14727.1%393
Tanzania50902104.1% 18336%305
Congo48701603.3% 14730.2%324
Réunion4520100.2% 41190.9%40
Taiwan4410701.6% 41594.1%19
Palestine4230300.7% 35784.4%63
Togo38101203.1% 14137%228
Cabo Verde3800300.8% 15540.8%222
Isle of Man33602407.1% 30390.2%9
Mauritius33401003% 32296.4%2
French Guiana3280100.3% 14544.2%182
Rwanda3270000% 23772.5%90
Vietnam3261000% 27283.4%54
Montenegro3240902.8% 31597.2%0
Nicaragua27901706.1% 19971.3%63
Liberia26502609.8% 13952.5%100
Sao Tome and Principe2510803.2% 41.6%239
Swaziland2500200.8% 15662.4%92
Mauritania2370602.5% 156.3%216
Yemen222042018.9% 104.5%170
Uganda21214000% 6832.1%144
Myanmar2010603% 12260.7%73
Martinique19701407.1% 9146.2%92
Mozambique1940000% 5126.3%143
Benin1910301.6% 8242.9%106
Faroe Islands1870000% 187100%0
Guadeloupe16101408.7% 11571.4%32
Gibraltar1540000% 14795.5%7
Brunei1410100.7% 13797.2%3
Mongolia1410000% 3323.4%108
Guyana13501007.4% 6245.9%63
Bermuda1330906.8% 8160.9%43
Cayman Islands1290100.8% 6147.3%67
Cambodia1240000% 12298.4%2
Trinidad and Tobago1160806.9% 10893.1%0
Syrian Arab Republic10620403.8% 4138.7%61
Aruba1010303% 9594.1%3
Bahamas100011011% 4646%43
Monaco980404.1% 9091.8%4
Barbados920707.6% 7076.1%15
Comoros870101.1% 2124.1%65
Malawi830404.8% 3339.8%46
Liechtenstein820101.2% 5567.1%26
Sint Maarten77015019.5% 5976.6%3
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya750304% 4053.3%32
Angola690405.8% 1826.1%47
French Polynesia600000% 60100%0
Zimbabwe560407.1% 2544.6%27
Macao450000% 45100%0
Burundi420102.4% 2047.6%21
Saint Martin400307.5% 3382.5%4
Eritrea390000% 39100%0
Botswana350102.9% 1954.3%15
Bhutan273000% 622.2%21
Antigua and Barbuda2503012% 1976%3
Gambia250104% 1352%11
Timor-Leste240000% 24100%0
Grenada220000% 1777.3%5
Namibia210000% 1466.7%7
Lao People's Democratic Republic190000% 1473.7%5
Belize1802011.1% 1688.9%0
Fiji180000% 1583.3%3
New Caledonia180000% 18100%0
Saint Lucia180000% 18100%0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines180000% 1477.8%4
Curaçao170105.9% 1482.4%2
Dominica160000% 16100%0
Saint Kitts and Nevis150000% 15100%0
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)130000% 13100%0
Greenland120000% 1191.7%1
Holy See (Vatican City State)120000% 216.7%10
Turks and Caicos Islands120108.3% 1083.3%1
Montserrat110109.1% 1090.9%0
Seychelles110000% 11100%0
Suriname110109.1% 981.8%1
MS Zaandam902022.2% -0%7
Western Sahara90000% 666.7%3
British Virgin Islands801012.5% 675%1
Papua New Guinea80000% 8100%0
Caribbean Netherlands60000% 6100%0
St. Barth60000% 6100%0
Anguilla30000% 3100%0
Lesotho20000% -0%2
Saint Pierre Miquelon10000% 1100%0

Source: Worldometers

While this variation between countries may sound concerning, the rate strongly depends on how many people get tested for the virus. In countries like South Korea and China, which have tested hundreds of thousands of people, the death rate is lower than in, say, the US, which has tested less than 2,000.

5. How does it compare to other epidemics?

From a genetic point of view, it is similar to SARS, but it seems to be milder in terms of symptoms and mortality. Another related virus, MERS-CoV, which was born in 2012, has killed 34% of the 2,499 reported cases. By comparison, 50 million people died in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that infected almost a third of the world’s population.

How COVID-19 compares to past epidemics
How COVID-19 compares to past epidemics


COVID-19 vs SARS vs MERS - A breakdown of deaths by age
COVID-19 vs SARS vs MERS – A breakdown of deaths by age


6. How does it spread?

Most likely, through the almost invisible drops a person emits when talking, coughing and breathing, they can be transmitted directly to people in the immediate vicinity by touching their hands or other surfaces.

There is a risk, until now only at the theoretical level, according to which the virus can be transmitted by faeces or by small particles – aerosols. In addition, people who have not had any symptoms can spread the disease.

7. How contagious is it?

Epidemiologists are trying to define the potential for contagion by estimating the number of people that can be infected by a person. The measurement is only an indicator that represents the high degree of control of an epidemic.

The World Health Organization has published a number between 1.4 and 2.5 for COVID-19, while a group from the Chinese Academy of Sciences has published a potential number of 4.08 potential people infested by a single man.

8. Why is it called coronavirus?

The coronaviruses are named after the crown shape they have. There is a whole family. The World Health Organization has said that several variants of the virus occur periodically throughout the globe, with several versions already circulating in animals without infesting humans.

COVID-19 Corona-Virus Structure
COVID-19 Corona-Virus Structure

Source: MedScape

Coronaviruses tend to transform and evolve, which means that the level of risk they possess can change as they continue to flow from person to person.

9. What is he doing?

Infections appear to cause minor and severe conditions in children, adolescents and young adults, and more severe in the elderly. The first signs are fever, dry cough and fatigue and do not initially manifest as a classic cold.

In severe cases, studies suggest that the virus invades the cells, causing respiratory distress and inflammatory conditions and congestion associated with pneumonia.

Just over half of the patients developed acute respiratory syndrome. In addition, a large number of deaths have been reported for patients with cardiovascular disease.

10. What do the authorities do?

The Chinese government has declared quarantine in Wuhan and more than 10 cities in the region, with travel restrictions affecting nearly 50 million people.

New hospitals were built in just a few days, accelerating the production of medical equipment. The World Health Organization has declared a state of global emergency, a movement that seeks international mobilization.

Several people accused of having transmitted false information about the epidemic are being charged in several Asian countries. Hong Kong, China’s financial centre, has announced a series of restrictions on travel to mainland China.

The United States, Australia and India have stopped access to non-citizens coming from China, even though the World Health Organization has called these measures “unnecessary”.

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