from the Federalist:
8 Valuable Lessons From China About How To Contain The Coronavirus
Freedom of expression and a free press are essential to everyone’s health and safety. That’s the most valuable lesson we should take away from the coronavirus epidemic.
The recent coronavirus outbreak, which sprouted within China in December, has now stagnated the world’s second-largest economy for more than a month. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 50 countries across six continents, all except Antarctica. The World Health Organization declared the virus a “global threat” and urged countries to prepare.
The medical journal JAMA published a paper last week, titled “Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China.” Its data was based on the 72,314 cases reported by Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Since China has the largest number of infected patients and death, this paper provides some valuable insights and lessons.
Coronavirus Lessons to Learn from China
Lesson one: Age makes a big difference. One of the most pertinent takeaways from the JAMA paper is that the age of the infected patient matters a great deal in correlation to coronavirus survival. While the overall coronavirus fatality rate sits at 2.3 percent (when the paper was written, there were 1,023 deaths among 44, 672 confirmed cases), there are no recorded deaths or serious health determinants among infected children 9 years old or younger (this age group represents 1 percent, or 416 reported cases among this cohort).
However, the fatality rate of those aged 70 to 79 was 8 percent, and in those aged 80 and older, 14.8 percent. Since seniors are the most vulnerable, they should exert extra precautions. If you’re a senior or you notice any senior in your home or neighborhood exhibit symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or fever, the best bet is testing for the coronavirus as soon as possible.
Lesson two: Those with pre-existing health conditions are more vulnerable to infection. The same paper demonstrates that among all infected with coronavirus, the fatality rate among those who have other health issues is much higher: “10.5% for cardiovascular disease, 7.3% for diabetes, 6.3% for chronic respiratory disease, 6.0% for hypertension, and 5.6% for cancer.” People with chronic conditions who begin displaying flu-like symptoms should get tested for the coronavirus.