The media tells us how bad it is in the United States daily. But, have you ever wondered how bad it is here and in other places? Would you believe there are places in the world where the survival rate from COVID-19 is over 99%?
COVID-19 Survival Rates Over 99%
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ Japan, Spain, Canada, Israel, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Italy, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Argentina, and India are just a few countries where the survival rate from COVID-19 is over 99%.
Israel has a survival rate of 99.8%, South Korea’s is 99.7%, Hong Kong’s is 99.5%, and Japan’s is 99.5%. So when we hear the figure of 99% survival rate, does that mean anything? Yes, there is still a one percent chance you can catch the virus and die from it.
Does it depend on who is asking the question? From the beginning of this pandemic, we have known that older adults are the most vulnerable.
Death Demographics – COVID-19
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-from-covid-by-age-us/. Over one-quarter of a million Americans over the age of 85 have died with or from COVID-19. Almost the same number of citizens have died between 75 and 84 years of age. That is over one-half million out of over 900,000 people who have died in the United States.
Trim the age demographic a bit more by adding another 200,000+ who did not survive COVID-19 between 65 and 74 years of age. That equates to roughly 680,000 deaths attributed to the pandemic virus in people over 65.
The next bracket down, demographically speaking, is 50 to 64 years of age. That might be closer to those working adults with families. They are approaching retirement and have concerns about their future. Over 170,000 of this group passed on over the past two years due to coronavirus. This represents nearly 94% of all pandemic deaths. If you are under 50 years of age, you belong to a group of about 6%.
What about other countries? France, for instance?
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1107434/victims-coronavirus-age-france/. Eight percent of the French population perished to COVID-19 under 65. Nearly five and a half percent of Germans under the age of 59 are no longer with us because of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
I scanned several websites looking specifically for COVID-19 death demographics. All were similar. And we would expect that. However, some countries were unprepared for the pandemic in early 2020 and suffered a much higher loss rate of older adults. Italy, for example, lost 99.6% of its aging population over the age of 59 to COVID-19.
Italy has a 99% survival rate overall. Less than two percent of the one percent loss of the pandemic were under 50 years of age. (0.02 times 0.01 equals 0.0002 of the total, for example). Is that enough to worry about if you are under 50 years of age? Would you buy a lottery ticket with those odds? The United States is running a 98% survival rate. Six percent of the two percent who died from coronavirus is tiny. So, again, if you are under 50 years of age, is there a significant concern?
Many people have died during the pandemic due to the virus. It is not lightly taken by anyone who lost a family member, coworker, or friend. Your family, coworkers, or friends might have been in the group of over 850,000 older Americans or 57,000 younger citizens. It still hurts regardless of their age.
I did not publish any data on those under 18 years of age or even under the age of ten. The numbers are meager. It appears this pandemic virus preys on the older, more health challenged. The old joke, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” rings true.
We tend to wait until something grabs us by the throat before we decide to visit the doctor. However, the military forced me to get an annual flight physical every year to remain on flight status. My string of over thirty years of physicals continued when I retired in 1999.
I have not missed an annual physical exam since 1967. I probably visited the doctor’s office for an employment physical back then, but those memories are harder to dredge up. Regardless, if you have not had a comprehensive physical exam in years, add it to your ‘to-do’ or ‘bucket’ list. Put it in writing because, in my case, if it is not in writing, it generally will not happen.
As always, protect the most vulnerable – they are the main target of this pandemic virus.