According to the study, 0.8% of total deaths were people with no other medical condition besides the coronavirus.
This study reaffirms that, even though the coronavirus has escalated into a global pandemic because it is highly contagious, this disease has a low fatality rate for people in good health. In fact, in Italy, the country with the highest number of deaths and second-highest number of cases, more than 99% of deaths were people who suffered from previous medical conditions.
In an investigation published by the US news agency Bloomberg, it was shown that, although deaths from this virus have increased in this European country, the chances of dying from COVID-19 are low.
In this study, Bloomberg cited Italy’s national health authority. They revealed that only 0.8% of the total deaths so far had been people without any other medical pathology besides the coronavirus.
48.5% of deaths, which compromises the bulk of the figure, were patients who already had 3 or more health conditions. 25.6% were people with 2 other pathologies and 25.1% were people with one other illness.
However, according to this study, the death rate in this southern European nation, approximately 8% of total infected people, is higher than in other countries. This is because most were people who had previously suffered from illnesses.
To date, Italy has more than 41,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of the world total of more than 243,000, and has had at least 3,405 deaths.
The low death rate, compared to the infection and recovery rates, reflects that the coronavirus pandemic is highly infectious but doesn’t have a high mortality rate, making preventive measures vital to ending this health crisis.
The World Health Organization has made recommendations to the different governments of the world to take drastic measures to stop the contagion. Among the most effective actions is the social quarantine, which is currently keeping millions of people isolated, and hygiene measures.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is evaluating whether to extend the national quarantine beyond the beginning of April, reported newspaper La Stampa.