How dangerous is the new Coronavirus?

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In less developed countries, the added surge in demand resulting from COVID-19 is likely to cripple struggling health care systems.

During the 2014–15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, access to health care services was reduced by 50%, exacerbating malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis mortality rates. The indirect impact of mortality from other diseases actually surpassed the number of deaths caused by Ebola.

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Coronavirus is more deadly than the flu, which killed tens of thousands of Americans in 2019

Flu has a fatality rate of 0.1%. COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 2.3%. This jumps to 14.8% in patients 80 and older, 8% in patients ages 70 to 79, and 49% among the critically ill. If COVID-19 were to become as common as flu, logic suggests it would be at least 20x more deadly.

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The majority of Coronavirus cases are not severe

Of the 44,672 coronavirus cases that were confirmed in China by February 11, more than 36,000 (81 percent) were mild, according to a study published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on February 17.

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Coronavirus is reaching pandemic levels

A pandemic is a new disease that has spread globally. Cases of the virus have been reported on every continent apart from Antarctica. Professor Jimmy Whitworth of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said "many people would consider the current situation a pandemic"

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COVID-19 has "pandemic potential", but is not a pandemic

China has less than 80,000 cases in a population of 1.4 billion. In the rest of the world, there are 2,790 cases in a population of 6.3 billion, as of the Feb 26. The WHO said the coronavirus had not caused a "sustained and intensive community transmission" or large-scale deaths.

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Panic and hysteria isn't necessarily a bad thing, it means people and governments are at least taking COVID-19 seriously

COVID-19 is completely new to humans, it appears to be very infectious, has a relatively high mortality rate, and we have no idea about the extent of the damage it could cause. Dr Anand Parekh has also said that people "absolutely have to prepare for the worst".

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The panic over COVID-19 is caused by media hysteria and misinformation

WHO head Dr Ghebreyesus said: "Our greatest enemy ... is fear, rumours and stigma." While the Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center identified 93 sites publishing false and harmful information about the outbreak across the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and France.

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