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- The United States has seen more than 4,800 recoveries out of the more than 144,000 cases.
- China reports more than 75,000 recoveries out of its more than 82,000 cases.
- The virus is an increased risk to people older than 60 and those with underlying health issues.
While the United States continues to grapple with a rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases, the outbreak has seen more than 150,000 patients recover from infection across the globe as of Monday.
More than 765,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across nearly 177 countries and regions since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei province, in late December. More than 36,000 deaths have been tallied with more than 160,000 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The U.S. now leads the world in the number of confirmed cases, with more than 150,000 and more than 2,800 deaths.
So far in the U.S., more than 5,000 patients have recovered.
China has seen more than 90 percent of its confirmed infected population recover, with more than 75,000 recoveries out of the more than 82,000 cases.
Italy, which leads the world in the largest number of deaths, has seen more than 14,000 recoveries out of its more than 100,000 cases. More than 11,000 deaths have been reported.
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.
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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.”
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