Confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 200,000 worldwide. The disease has now spread to 156 countries. This news comes just 12 days after the number of confirmed cases reached 100,000.
Despite how alarming the rapid growth sounds—and, in all fairness, it is alarming—there is some positive information that comes along with it.
Out of the more than 200,000 cases globally, more than 82,000 have recovered. In addition to the large number of recoveries, deaths only number a little over 8,000, roughly 0.04% of total confirmed cases.
Though the percentage of deaths is small, people should still be aware and take precautions. A large part of what makes COVID-19 so dangerous is how infectious it is. If people who only have a mild infection continue to go out, they risk spreading the disease to people who are unable to fight off the illness, such as the immunocompromised and the elderly.
This large spike in coronavirus cases still brings another small piece of good news with it: more people are getting tested. The 200,000 confirmed cases are likely a fraction of the total number, but the jump in cases is, in part, a result of better access to testing. In the coming days and weeks, these numbers will continue climbing. As testing becomes more readily available, the chances of reducing the spread increase.
Do not let the steadily growing numbers scare you. Be aware, be cautious, but do not be afraid.
Source: JHU CSSE