COVID – 19 Updates: WHO Issues Latest Guidelines

by Montana Fleming

On June 15th, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a study that was based on the acclimated 1.3 million coronavirus cases reported to the CDC between the time period of January and May. In the beginning, the CDC did not have a huge sample size to go on, only about 290,000, however, with the sudden spike in cases in the states the number quickly jumped to the latter. The study proves a treasure cove for information about viability of the virus for the people infected with the COVID-19 virus pointing out the most severe applications to target.

The most noted conclusion of the study was grasped that the virus does not differentiate between men and women of any race or ethnicity, affecting all genders equally and at a similar rate of infection. However, a similar study conducted by Italy based that women are a bit more resilient to the virus strain. The study also concludes that one in eight women required hospitalization as compared to one in six men, however, one in 16 men die as compared to one in 20 women.

People over the age of 80 are most likely to be infected with the least effort. There is a chance of 0.9% that the latter age group can be affected by the virus putting the probability of the overall population to be infected at 0.4%. However, there is a 0.54% chance and a 0.55% chances of recovery between the ages of 40 and 49 and 50 and 59 respectively. Children under the age of 9 have a probability of being infected by the virus at a probability of 0.05%.

While the CDC proved solid numbers, they quote that they are just high probability chances. Keeping aside the CDC’s 1.3 million sample size, the median age across the cases points at 48. While 48 doesn’t seem like a much younger age, it does not seem too old either. Out of the 14% hospitalized, 16% or one in every six person needed to be admitted to the ICU department.

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