Story at a glance
- The U.S. continues to lead the world in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- Worldwide, more than 297,000 recoveries have been confirmed.
- More than 12,000 have died in the U.S.
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States continues to climb, topping 400,000. But as of Tuesday afternoon, more than 20,000 recoveries have been confirmed in the country as well, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Johns Hopkins University coronavirus COVID-19 tracker confirmed more than 380,000 cases in the U.S. with more than 12,000 deaths and nearly 20,200 patients who have made recoveries since the outbreak reached American soil. The U.S. currently leads the world in the number of confirmed cases.
Worldwide, more than 297,000 have recovered from COVID-19.
China, where the outbreak started late last year, has seen more than 77,000 recoveries out of its more than 82,000 cases, while Italy has had more than 24,000 recoveries out of its more than 135,000 cases. Spain has tallied more than 43,000 patients who have recovered.
Italy and Spain, however, lead the world in the number of deaths, with more than 17,000 and 13,000, respectively.
While the disease can cause varying degrees of illness and even death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say adults aged 65 and older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or diabetes might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
But for the majority of people who become infected, the coronavirus brings only mild symptoms, such as cough and fever.
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WHO says those that experience mild symptoms typically recover from the illness in about two weeks, while those who experience more severe illness could take up to six weeks to recover.
But with recoveries surpassing 20,000 in the U.S., the country continues to struggle with the rapid spread of the virus.
New York, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., reported the death toll in the state jumped by 731 to 5,480 Tuesday, the largest single day increase.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted during his daily press briefing that the number of deaths is a “lagging indicator” of the outbreak. He also said that the three-day average of new hospitalizations is falling. Intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and intubations are also down.
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