Covid-19 Updates: Symptoms and Risks Factors

According to Worldometers at least 212 Countries and Territories around the world have reported a total of 3,836,819 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 that originated from Wuhan, China, and a death toll of 265,366 deaths.

The United States of America currently has the highest number of case and death toll so far with 1,263,243 cases and 74,809 deaths respectively. They are followed by Spain, Italy and United Kingdom with 253,682 | 214,457 and 201,101 cases respectively with a joint total of more than 85000 fatalities.

South Africa has now recorded a total of 7,808 cases and 153 deaths while in Nigeria the number of cases is currently at 3,145 with 103 deaths.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Chinese medical data shows that more than 80 percent of patients have mild symptoms and will recover, while 14 percent suffer from severe complications such as pneumonia, 5 percent are in critical condition and 2 percent die from the disease.

“It appears that COVID-19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, adding that officials were starting to get a clearer picture of the outbreak. 

The UN health agency’s chief also said that children were not suffering from COVID-19 the same as adults and that the risk of death increases the older you are.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

How it spreads: The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a

Updated: May 7, 2020 — 11:41 am

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