The coronavirus is taking the lives of thousands of people across the planet. Older people are more susceptible to death. But young people die due to COVID-19 much less often. Information on how many people have died from coronavirus in the world is constantly changing and is one of the most requested.
How many people have died as of today
As of March 17, 2020, the death toll from coronavirus in the world was approximately 7.5 thousand. At the same time, the number of people infected on the same date exceeds 187 thousand people and continues to increase steadily. The number of recovered people is over 77.2 thousand people.
Increasing or decreasing daily amount
As of March 17, 2020, the number of deaths from coronavirus in the world is increasing. At the same time, the number of sick people is growing.
Doctors warn that all people are at risk of contracting COVID-19, regardless of age, occupation and social status. This is due to the fact that the infection is transmitted by drop and contact from person to person. The virus cannot be in the air for the simple reason that its molecules are much heavier.
One of the main factors in increasing mortality from coronavirus is the high risk of severe pathology and complications in people over 60 years of age.
It is these people who make up the greatest risk group for the transition of COVID-19 disease to a severe or even critical form. And without the provision of timely qualified assistance, COVID-19 turns into severe pneumonia and into acute distress syndrome.
The increase in deaths from the virus is also explained by the fact that some people are not serious about the quarantine measures carried out in many countries of the world. They are at great risk with this. Quarantine measures (the most stringent of which are currently being taken in Italy) can significantly limit contacts between people. Failure to comply with quarantine restrictions leads to an increase in morbidity and mortality.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the increase in mortality
After the COVID-19 epidemic in China, the disease went beyond its borders very quickly. The recent events taking place in Europe gave rise to the World Health Organization to declare a global pandemic of the coronavirus. This happened on March 11, 2020.
Due to the inability to take control of the disease and limit the spread of pathology during the pandemic, the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 went up sharply. The problem of high morbidity and mortality is exacerbated by the fact that the incubation period can be 14 days.
Scientists warn that while the coronavirus epidemic cannot be stopped, but it can be significantly slowed down.
It is vital to equalize the peak of the incidence, otherwise the health care system simply cannot withstand the overload. In this way, the death rate from coronavirus can be significantly reduced.
If the peak of the incidence of coronavirus infection is not postponed, then we can expect a significant increase in the number of deaths from a dangerous pathology. The introduction of strict quarantine measures helps not only to delay, but also smooth out the peak of the incidence.
Percentage of mortality in the world
According to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) T.A. Ghebreyesus, the number of deaths is 3.4% of the number of infected people. This is a lot compared to the death rate from influenza - less than 1% of those infected.
The mortality rate is higher among the elderly. As of mid-March 2020, 14% of people over the age of 80 died from coronavirus. At the same time, the mortality rate varies depending on the age of the diseased patients:
- in the group of patients under 9 years of age, no mortality was registered (only 2 cases of death from COVID-19 of newborns are known: children were infected even in the prenatal period);
- in the age group of 10-19 years, no mortality was registered;
- in the group of 20-29 years old, 0.1% of patients died from coronavirus in the world;
- in the age range of 30-39 years, the risk of dying from COVID-19 is 0.2%
- in forty-year-olds, the probability of death increases to 0.4%
- in fifty-year-olds, the risk of death is 1.3%.
By the age of seventy, the risk of mortality is 8% and increases with increasing age.
Victims of coronavirus infection are more often people suffering from cardiovascular pathologies, diabetes mellitus and chronic pathologies of the upper respiratory tract.
COVID-19 disease causes death in 3.4% of cases. The mortality rate increases in proportion to the increase in age. The spread of the disease and the increase in mortality can be prevented with the help of strict quarantine measures.