While it’s true that people will die from COVID-19, most who contract the virus will survive, so while caution is necessary, panic is unfounded.
On April 7, 2020, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reported 1,426,096 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, 81,865 deaths (5.7%), and 300,054 (21%) are confirmed recovered (have tested negative). Many experts estimate (once all cases are counted, etc.) that the survival rate is over 99%!
It’s important to note that many of the numbers and other statistics reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the ECDC (European Center for Disease Control), and others, do not represent the actual number of new cases, deaths, or recoveries on a given date, because of a lengthy reporting chain.
Don’t get freaked out by the numbers.
Constantly monitoring these sites for data causes extreme stress and anxiety, and chronic stress actually lowers your immunity!
Instead, focus on the fact the vast majority of people who contract the disease recover fully! According to the WHO, one out of five people infected will require hospitalization; however, four out of five will have only mild symptoms and many are completely asymptomatic. Every day, we hear stories of recoveries from even the most “at-risk” demographics (one of the oldest survivors to date is a 104-year old WWII veteran William Lapschies, who also survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918!
The WHO also states that COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission can be stopped, although this requires the cooperation of everyone. Without preventive measures such as social distancing, wearing masks in public, and meticulous hygiene, the virus could potentially infect billions of people. But even if 70% of the global population were to contract COVID-19—an estimate proposed by Harvard professor David Lipsich in an interview with CBS News in early March—the mortality rate will still hover in the low single digits (probably 99% of people would survive!).
The reality is that sooner or later, you may get COVID-19: but again… don’t panic. Globally, the WHO estimates that the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people per year. While it is currently believed that COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than the flu and cases are still rising globally, for most people, the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low especially now that densely populated areas are taking extra precautions.
The WHO recommends: “We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities.”
Most people will be okay. Even if you catch the virus, you are statistically likely to recover. Follow the WHO’s recommendations and channel your worries into actions… and practice positive thinking. Remember: most of people, probably 99% or greater, who contract coronavirus will be okay. Those are exceptionally good odds! Plus, many people don’t even know they have it or only have mild symptoms!