COVID-19 Is Far Worse Than Other Varieties of Coronaviruses

Do not let the low mortality rate fool you

Photo by United Nations COVID-19 Response on Unsplash

For starters, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in specified populations.

In layman terms, it means the study of how this virus reacts in a specified population. We know that it is fast spreading and has low mortality rate. SARS, which is caused by another variety of coronavirus, infected only 8422 people and killed just about 916 before it was declared as “contained”. Covid-19 has already infected more than 18 million and killed more than 7 lakh people.

The fatality rate for Covid-19 is just 0.5- 1.2%, but do not let that number fool you!

It is where it all went wrong for us. People and government alike, took things so casually, because they knew for a ‘fact’ that this virus is not ‘deadly’. But define ‘deadly’.

The Ro of SARS and Covid-19 are roughly the same, ~ 2.2 to 3.6

They both have an Ro in the range of 2.2 to 3.6. This makes it more confusing right? If the Ro is same, how is one virus spreading rapidly than the other one?

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