On Tuesday, with the new coronavirus showing more than 73,300 cases on the clock, the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention delivered a more accurate picture of the epidemic. Who are the sick? How old are they? How dangerous is the virus? To find out, Chinese experts have dissected the medical records of some 72,000 infected Chinese patients. Reassuringly, in the majority of cases confirmed by the biological test (80%) the infection did not give any serious symptoms. For the rest, 14% of the cases concerned severe forms (pneumonia, breathing difficulties) and almost 5% were in a critical state, marked by respiratory failure, septic shock or even a syndrome of multiple organ failure.
On average, 2.3% of patients died. But the majority of the 1,023 deaths included in the study concerned people over the age of 60 or suffering from preexisting pathologies. In people over 80, the rate of