Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc all over the globe. No other pandemic created more pandemonium like this in the recent past. Thousands of deaths are being reported all across the world. None of us would like to contract the infection, however, majority of the affected individuals get away with only mild symptoms. Multiple studies were published demonstrating this fact. Largest study published so far in the New England Journal of Medicine reiterates the same thing. 81% of the affected people have only mild symptoms, 14% of the affected have serious illness and 5% have critical illness requiring ICU level of care.
Serious and critical illness is usually seen in elderly people above 65 years of age with comorbid conditions like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic heart, lung or liver disorders. Rest of the people usually have mild symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, headache or body aches. Although Coronavirus can be lethal in any age group, it is more lethal in elderly people, especially if they have several comorbidities.
Based on this data, it is important to take all the precautions but there is no reason no panic about this illness. With supportive measures like taking Tylenol, adequate hydration, cough medications, COVID-19 illness may resolve by itself without any specific treatment. It is also important to protect elderly people in our communities. They should avoid public places and maintain social distancing during this pandemic.
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