Coronavirus mortality – explainer.

The Coronavirus is now called Covid-19 but it is the generic name coronavirus by which the world now knows this new disease.

It was declared a pandemic by the Australian Government on February 27, 2020. The label pandemic, denotes not severity but ease of spread, with 60 countries now reporting cases.

Concerns notched up in Australia when we had our first transmissions of people who had not travelled overseas recently, so their cases were acquired in this community. Naturally, this increases anxiety because now instead of the disease only being associated with people who have travelled in very distinct overseas places, it could come from anywhere in our own community.

Photo credit: CDC Dr Fred Murphy PD-USGov-HHS-CDC
Photo credit: CDC Dr Fred Murphy PD-USGov-HHS-CDC

As more accurate information comes to hand about numbers of cases, the mortality rate from the disease has increased. Initially described as having a two per cent death rate for all infections, this was revised upwards to 3.4 per cent, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 4.

By late on March 4, there had been at least 93,000 cases worldwide, according to WHO. There had been at least 3,100 deaths, by that time according to WHO. In Australia, 40 cases had been reported by March 4.

This needs to be put into context:

Have you heard of the Dr Norman Swan’s podcast Corona Cast? Get into it-it’s well worth it and keeps you up to date with the latest developments and issues.

Here he is on the ABC’s 7:30 speaking to experts on Omicron in January 2022.

Leave a Reply