Confirmed cases worldwide: 137,066
Total deaths: 3,337 (2.4%)Total recovered: 64,374 (47%)***Cases in US: 1701 (it was 1663 12 hours earlier)Deaths in US: 40 (2.4%)
(31: Washington state, 4: California, 2: Florida, 1: Georgia, 1: New Jersey, 1: South Dakota)
- Two women in their 90s at Life Care Center died on March 6.
- A woman in her 80s at Life Care Center died on March 6.
- A man in his 70s at Overlake Medical Center died on March 4.
- A man in his 80s at Swedish Issaquah hospital, died on March 9.
- Woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions died on March 11.
- A woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions died March 11.
- Woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions died March 10.
- Man in his 80s with underlying health conditions, died March 9 at the Josephine Caring Community
- A man in his 40s with underlying health conditions died but the date has not been specified.
One Washington State death is from Grant County, a patient in his or her 80s.
I’ve looked up all these cases and have yet to find a single one (31 out of the 40 deaths in the US) where the person was younger than 60 (and was perfectly healthy otherwise, etc.).
Overall, China CDC found, 2.3% of confirmed cases died. But the fatality rate was 14.8% in people 80 or older, likely reflecting the presence of other diseases, a weaker immune system, or simply worse overall health. By contrast, the fatality rate was 1.3% in 50-somethings, 0.4% in 40-somethings, and 0.2% in people 10 to 39.
In other words, there is no reason for a nationwide panic. That’s not to deny the deeply and profoundly serious nature of what we face over the next few months at a minimum. We need to take sensible, rational precautions (most importantly for the elderly and those with any medical condition) — thoroughly wash hands, avoid unnecessary contact and large crowds, stay home if sick, do whatever else is being recommended by the experts in the field. But panic and hysteria and excessive, unwarranted fears aren’t going to help matters at all.
Similar articles by the reputable journalist Sharyl Attkisson closely reflect my own thinking (at least so far):
“Coronavirus: Facts vs. Panic” (updated 3-13-20)
The first person to die of COVID-19 in Kansas stayed at a long-term care facility in Wyandotte County owned by the national chain with a suburban Seattle facility tied to 22 deaths from the virus.
Friday’s news comes as Wichita reported its first case of the novel coronavirus, involving a man who had taken a Caribbean cruise. That brings the state’s total known cases to six.
Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment Lee Norman says the Wyandotte County man in his 70s who died Wednesday was staying at Life Care Center of Kansas City. It remains unclear how the virus reached the man, Norman said.
Explanation of Coronavirus Statistics (Dr. JD Donovan) [3-26-20]
Mini-Debate on Laying Blame for Lack of Knowledge of Coronavirus, and Irresponsibility (vs. Jon Curry) [Facebook, 4-5-20]