The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed many throughout the world. The World Health Organization’s office in Europe says analysis shows 95% of the dead people are over 60. It is an official report.
But age is not the only risk factor for severe disease. The fact that COVID-19 only affects older people is wrong. In an online news conference on Thursday in Copenhagen, Dr. Kluge says young people are not invincible. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also says the same. Age is not a factor of COVID-19 infections.
WHO also says 10-15% of the people aged under 50 with the COVID-19 virus have a moderate or severe infection. But not only this. Because severe cases of the disease are seen in people in their teens or early adulthood. With many requiring intensive care and some, unfortunately, dying in the process.
The recent statistics show 30,098 people have died in Europe, mostly in Italy, France, and Spain.
While overall mortality might appear low in the #COVIDー19 modelling study, it rose sharply with age as did the % of people infected (not just detected cases) who needed hospitalisation:
➡️ 20-29: 1%
➡️ 30-39: 3%
➡️ 40-49: 4%
➡️ 50-59: 8%
➡️ 60-69: 12%
➡️ 70-79: 17%
➡️ >=80: 18% pic.twitter.com/XEhJwKFjuL
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) March 31, 2020
We know that over 95 percent of these deaths occurred in those older than 60 years, he said, with more than half aged over 80. Kluge said more than four in five of those people had at least one other chronic underlying conditions, like cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes. On a positive note, there are reports of people over the age of 100 who were admitted to hospital for COVID-19 and have now since made a complete recovery, he said.
Full-on self-quarantine is the best way to counter novel coronavirus pandemic. There is no need to panic. Maintain social distancing and do not think that you are invincible if you are below 60.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.