Today, February 11, 2020, the world crossed one thousand known deaths attributed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. It is called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus because it is new (novel) in 2019, and is the shape of a crown (Coronavirus).
It is frightening because it is new and has a very long contagious incubation period. Latest reports now say the incubation period can be up to 24 days (versus the previously understood 14 days).
The mortality rate is circling around 2%, but more data is needed to make a conclusive statement on where this rate will normalise.
We wanted to share some web resources that have been helpful for us in staying up-to-date on the latest stats and news with regard to the ever-developing Coronavirus.
The most consistently up-to-date global stats on cases and deaths, and important Coronavirus news (worldometer)
The linear scale of total cases and total deaths is a bit scary as an exponential increase is evident.
About a week ago, the rate of growth of cases was around 20% per day. If this rate did not decrease, it would equate to the entire world being infected in just 75 days (by April 15), from a starting point of 10,000 cases on Jan 31.
The logarithmic chart clearly shows us that the rate of increase is slowing down, which is a good sign.
One other very interesting stat comparison is deaths from the Coronavirus versus seasonal flu so far this year. (worldometer)
If you want to see a depiction of what a far more deadly epidemic would do to the globe, I highly recommend watching Steven Soderbergh's 2011 movie Contagion, staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet.
There is no doubt that the Coronavirus is affecting many parts of daily life. Here are great tips for yourself and loved ones on how to stay safe and decrease your chances of contracting the Coronavirus.