As of Friday, April 10, the Covid-19 pandemic has infected a minimum of 1.6 million recorded cases around the world with nearly 100,000 deaths and over 360,000 recoveries. All these numbers are expected to continue rising in the upcoming weeks and months. Some sources claim that 1 in 4 cases are asymptomatic and others – 3 in 4.
The mortality rate of Covid-19 is another number that’s widely debated. The World Health Organization puts it at ~3.4% but it still fluctuates widely from ~1-2% in countries like Germany to over 10% in countries like Italy, Spain, and Belgium.
While we may never know exactly how many people are asymptomatic and what the true numbers of infected, dead, and recovered people are, the number of 360,000 recorded recoveries is both confirmed by a lot of sources such as the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Research Center and it’s also quite encouraging.
So far, most of the documented recoveries are in China, where people have been infected with the virus for the longest with over 77,000 so far. There are also ~26,000 recoveries in the U.S., 55,000 in Spain, and 29,000 in Italy.
With the good news out of the way, it should also be pointed out that the U.S. is reported to likely be entering its “most deadly week yet”. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the next several days will be the “peak hospital resource use” so far which will also mark the point where the most people are unable to get adequate care.
According to the Institute’s metrics, around 2,000 Americans will die every day until the end of the peak which is projected to be April 17.
In light of all these numbers and projections, as well as the knowledge that there are even more “hidden” asymptomatic but contagious people walking around, we all need to be extra careful during the peak of this deadly disease. If we go through the coming weeks as carefully as possible, the ~360,000 number of recovered people will hopefully keep rising faster than the number of people getting infected.