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Old 02-12-2020, 07:31 PM
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Another article today, from the Washington Post: Most coronavirus cases are mild, complicating the response.
Originally Posted by The Washington Post
The coronavirus has killed more than 1,100 people, brought a huge swath of central China to a standstill and rattled millions around the globe with hints of a pandemic seen in Hollywood fantasies.

But the virusís destructive potential has overshadowed one encouraging aspect of this outbreak: So far, about 82 percent of the cases ó including all 13 in the United States ó have been mild, with symptoms that require little or no medical intervention. And that proportion may be an undercount.
The article also notes that "healthy younger adults" cope better with the disease (by contrast the Spanish flu infamously had disproportionately high mortality among young adults) and "there have been few fatalities among children" from the 2019 coronavirus. Matthew Frieman, a virologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is quoted as saying "Not to diminish its importance ó itís in the middle between SARS and the common cold". (SARS killed over 9% of people who got it, and MERS--Middle East respiratory syndrome--has a nearly 35% reported mortality rate).
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