It is easy to fixate on the trauma, grief, and death associated with the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the entire planet off of its feet. As the numbers of the dead rise day by day, the pain becomes more and more real. The feelings of grief and the need to stop the virus are all we seem to be talking or thinking about these days—and yet, there are some good facts and figures out there, too.
More than 100,000 people (and possibly even more, since not everyone has been able to get tested) have recovered from coronavirus, according to The Hill.
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While 15,000 people have been lost to the virus, for most people, the symptoms are mild and the illness runs its course pretty quickly.
The number of people infected with coronavirus sits at about 335,000 (as of today), but most people do recover. The World Health Organization says that people with the virus usually recover within two weeks. In China, more than 60,000 people have recovered out of 81,000 cases, while in Italy, about 7,000 have recovered out of 59,000 cases. The number is lower in the U.S., for now—with about 200 recoveries (out of 35,000 cases).
Through all of the sadness, anxiety, grief, and financial loss, it’s nice to hear some good news—and to be reminded of the positives and silver linings.
The high recovery rate doesn’t mean you should be quitting quarantine, though. Quite the opposite. “This coronavirus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a World Health Organization conference. “Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”