Story at a glance

  • While the number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 350,000 worldwide since the outbreak began in December, more than 100,000 people have recovered.
  • The World Health Organization says those who become infected generally experience mild illness and recover in about two weeks.
  • The U.S. has the third largest number of cases in the world--more than 10 percent of all confirmed cases and rising.

As the rate of new coronavirus cases continues to climb in the United States, new data shows more than 100,000 people have recovered from the infection since the outbreak began in late December.

There have been more than 350,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 100,000 recoveries and more than 15,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

In China, more than 81,000 cases have been confirmed with more than 72,000 recoveries and more than 3,200 deaths. Nearly 60,000 recoveries have been tallied in the Hubei Province of China, the region where the outbreak is believed to have originated.

While Italy has reported more than 5,400 deaths, the largest number of any country in the world, with more than 59,000 cases it has also seen more than 7,000 people recover from infection.

In the U.S., more than 35,000 cases have been confirmed with more than 470 deaths and nearly 200 recoveries.

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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.

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.

“The most commonly reported symptoms included fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, and most patients (80 percent) experienced mild illness,” WHO officials said earlier this month. “Approximately 14 percent experienced severe disease and 5 percent were critically ill.”

But WHO warned last week that young people are not exempt from the risks of the novel coronavirus. Health officials said data from many countries shows people younger than 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.

“This coronavirus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday during a news conference.

“Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else,” Tedros said.

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Published on Mar 23, 2020