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WHO Says More Than 70% Of Coronavirus Patients In China Have Recovered (But Keep Washing Your Hands)

According to officials at the World Health Organization, of about 80,000 people who have been infected by COVID-19 in China, more than 70% have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

This information came on Monday, as fears about the virus are growing and folks are becoming more and more concerned about how possible quarantines will affect their lives and their jobs.

Typically, patients are considered recovered when they test negative twice for the virus within 24 hours, meaning they’re no longer carrying the virus. Some countries are using a different definition, which may include testing negative as well as also having no more respiratory symptoms or a clear CT scan.

Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, said it can take up to six weeks for people to fully recover from COVID-19 infections, which could include pneumonia and other respiratory problems in serious cases. However, he explained that the number of reported patients have not always been provided to WHO. Depending on the severity of the case, the World Health Organization said it could take considerably longer for people to be considered recovered.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus discussed the outbreak, emphasizing that the situation can still be controlled. He explained how “of all the cases reported globally so far, 93% are from just four countries.”

“The bottom line is,” he said, “we are not at the mercy of this virus.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi