Thursday, January 30, 2020

2019-nCoV: A Snapshot of 99 Cases

I just checked and saw real-time numbers on the coronavirus 2019-nCoV – telling me that infections have risen to 7,942 cases and fatalities shot up to 170 affecting 22 territories and countries. 

Despite its rapid spread, the number of deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus is still much lower, at 170 at present compared with 774 during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak that lasted eight months.

The Lancet medical journal published a study that gives a snapshot of 99 cases of the 2019-nCoV observed at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital from January 01-20. It reveals:

  • Of the 99, 49 had been exposed to the seafood and animal market believed to be at the centre of the outbreak 
  • The average age was 55.5 years and most (67) were men 
  • Fever and a cough were the most common symptoms 
  • Seventeen patients developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and 11 of them died of multiple organ failure; 
  • Thirty-one of the 99 had been released from hospital by January 25
  • The researchers said the infection appeared to be "more likely to affect older males" with additional medical conditions 
  • Of the 99, 51 suffered from a chronic condition (mostly cardiovascular or cerebrovascular).

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