Coronavirus has 'high infectivity but low mortality'

  • Mortality rate ranges between 2-3%. It is significantly less severe than 2003 SARS (MR: 10%) or 2012 MERS (MR: 35%) outbreaks.
  • Risk of death is only higher in older people (above an age of ~60 years) and people with pre-existing health conditions.

  • The lack of verified facts and floating rumours are to be blamed for this panic. The most important thing is when a virus is new, we don’t know how it may affect people.


  • Almost 80% of people have mild symptoms, and recover from the disease in 2 weeks.
  • Most of the symptoms can be treated with timely medical care.

  • Older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.
  • Most coronavirus led illnesses are generally mild, especially for children and young adults.

COVID-19 appears to be relatively rare and mild in children.

  • Just over 2% of cases were under 18 years of age.
  • Of these, fewer than 3% developed severe or critical disease.

An infected person can spread the infection to a healthy person

  • through eye, nose, and mouth, via droplets produced on coughing or sneezing.
  • close contact with infected person.
  • contact with contaminated surfaces, objects, or items of personal use.


  • There is no such evidence as yet.
  • experience with other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS suggest that people do not get infected through food.


  • There is no such evidence as yet.
  • The novel coronavirus is not known to spread directly through poultry products. But, experts say it can be a good option to have only properly cooked meat.

You can suspect to have coronavirus, only if You have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) + any out of these:

  • Travel history to a coronavirus-affected area (like China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, etc.).
  • Close contact with such a person.
  • Visiting a healthcare facility/ labs where Coronavirus patients are being taken care of.

Yes !

  • Symptom-based medical care is given and has proven really effective.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine available for novel coronavirus as yet.

  • There is no science-based evidence that proves its ability to protect against the coronavirus.

  • As per the experts in the field, heat and warm weather is likely to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

  • Survives up to 8-10 hours over porous surfaces (like paper, untreated wood, cardboard, sponge and fabric) and a little more than this over nonporous surfaces (like glass, plastics, metals, varnished wood).

  • The 3-layer disposable surgical masks are good enough to contain the virus.

To date, no case has been reported of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.

  • We still recommend washing your hands before and after you interact with your pets as you may not know if some infected droplets get on your pet's fur.

Yes !

  • In fact, about 80% of people have recovered from the disease without needing special treatment.


  • Testing for coronavirus will only be done as recommended by the doctors only if someone falls under the definition of 'suspected case'.

  • Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
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