Are You At Risk of Getting COVID-19?

News about COVID-19 – aka the Novel Coronavirus
– is practically unavoidable these days. While it’s incredibly important to remain
informed about the emerging international pandemic, it also can’t be denied that many
less-than-reputable outlets have resorted to fear mongering about the virus in order
to sell papers and online ads. We want to cut through the spin and give you
the plain and simple facts about the disease, and your chances of contracting it, based
on national infection and mortality rates as of March 21st, 2020. It’s worth noting that information about
this disease is developing rapidly and often changes day by day, so for best results, we
recommend staying informed through reliable primary sources like the Center for Disease
Control and the World Health Organization. At the time of this writing, the total number
of global infections including those who have recovered or died is at 277,292. We’ll go continent by continent to give
you the full breakdown of the virus’ presence in each country. And remember: To reduce your risk of contracting
COVID-19, you’re advised to stay indoors and maintain social distancing, and also both
wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Regardless of the country you’re in, these
basic procedures make a huge difference in reducing your chances of getting infected
and spreading the COVID-19 virus. Now, let’s take a look at the state of the
world under COVID-19. First up, Asia. China, despite being the original epicentre
for the virus, has actually experienced a considerable dip in infections as a result
of strong government containment measures. Thus far, China has experienced a total of
81,008 confirmed cases, including 3,255 deaths. However, most of these cases are historical
at this point. As of writing, China only has 6,013 active
cases, and new cases have fallen to fewer than 50 per day. Your risk of getting COVID-19 in China now
is relatively low. Japan has also been doing an excellent job
of containing the spread of the virus despite its large population and comparatively small
surface area. There have been 1,007 cases, only 757 of which
are active, and only 35 sufferers have died. Risks are lower here than for most countries
in Europe and the Americas. The same goes for Pakistan, with only 515
active cases. India, with only 247 active cases. Indonesia, with only 393 active cases. Thailand, with only 368 active cases. Taiwan, with only 123 active cases. And Vietnam, with a truly remarkable 75 active
cases. Risk of infection is slightly greater in some
parts of the Middle-East. Iran has had a total of 19,644 infections
and 1,433 deaths, though the overall recovery numbers are still positive at 6,745. Israel has a lower risk-level, on part with
many of the East-Asian countries, with an active infection number of 689. Turkey is even lower, at 661 active cases. Iraq has an impressively low 142 active cases,
and Afghanistan has only 23. South Korea experienced an initial boom of
infections, but thanks to rapid testing and containment, the growth of infection has slowed. They have an overall number of 8,799 cases,
though only 6,085 of these cases are still active. Russia has reported a relatively low number
of infections, too, with a total of 253 cases – twelve of which have recovered. Overall trends in Asia appear to be positive,
with strong testing and containment procedures that make your risks of getting COVID-19 lower
than in Europe and North America. This brings us to Europe, where COVID-19 infections
have accelerated quickly for a variety of reasons but apparently mostly due to lax containment
procedures. Italy has been hit the hardest, with the second
largest number of infected of any country in the world at 47,021 recorded infections,
and 4,032 deaths. Western Europe in general appears to have
quite a high risk of infection. France has reported over 12,000 cases and
450 deaths. Germany has almost 20,000 confirmed cases,
though lower death rates, at only 68 fatalities. Spain has also been hit particularly hard
– with 21,571 confirmed cases, and 1,093 deaths. Risk of infection in Western Europe is currently
quite high. Can the same be said for Northern Europe? Denmark has 1,255 confirmed cases, and only
nine deaths. Sweden is slightly worse, with over 1,600
cases and 16 deaths. Iceland is doing well, on the whole, with
only 409 cases. Finland is slightly higher with 503, and Norway
is the highest of Northern Europe, with just under 2,000 cases. Overall, Northern Europe is faring significantly
better than Western Europe in terms of infection risk. Eastern Europe has similarly lower infection
rates than Western Europe. Poland reports 439 infections and five deaths. Latvia has only 124 infections, and no deaths. Greece has just lower than 500 confirmed cases. Romania has only 277 active cases, once again
with no deaths. Hungary has a mere 103 cases, with 4 deaths
and 7 recoveries. Belarus has only 69 cases, none of which have
resulted in fatalities. And Bulgaria has only 142 cases, three of
which have died, and three that recovered. It’s safe to say that, on the whole, infection
risk is low in Eastern Europe – especially compared to the West. Speaking of the West, the UK has reported
3,983 cases of COVID-19 out of 66,976 tested individuals, 177 of which have died. It’s clear that Europe overall is a mixed
bag, with the UK, Northern Europe, and Eastern Europe on the lower end of infection risk,
and Western Europe on the far higher end. This brings us to Africa. On the whole, African countries’ efforts
to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been incredibly successful. Algeria has reported only 94 cases, with 11
deaths and 32 recoveries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported
only three cases. Sudan, only two cases. Chad, only one. Nigeria, only twelve. Ghana, only nineteen. Angola, only two. South Africa is one of the most infected countries
on the continent, and even then, the total infection number is only 240, with no reported
deaths. Africa has one of the lowest risks of COVID-19
infection of any continent on Earth. Cases are higher in Australasia, with Australia
reporting 1,068 cases and seven deaths, though New Zealand drags down the average with only
52 cases and no reported deaths. So, it goes without saying that risk of infection
is much higher in Australia than New Zealand. This brings us to the Americas. In South America, Brazil has 977 cases, 11
deaths, and two recoveries. Argentina’s numbers are considerably lower,
at only 158 confirmed cases. Chile has only 434 confirmed cases, six recoveries,
and no deaths. Peru is even lower, at 263 active cases, with
only four deaths and one recovery. Colombia is lower still, with only 158 cases
and no deaths. Venezuela reports only 65 infections, with
one recovery and thus far no deaths. South America it appears so far has a relatively
low risk of COVID-19 infection. North America, sadly, is another story. While the United States of America is so large
that you’d have to do a state-by-state breakdown to get the full picture, it’s clear that
overall infection rates are accelerating. The total number of cases are reported as
just below 20,000, though the number swells by several hundred every day, and deaths currently
outnumber recoveries. The number of infections in the US is expected
to undergo rapid growth over the following weeks and months, putting US citizens at relatively
high risks of infection – especially if they don’t follow containment procedures. Canada is at significantly lower risk. They have only 1,087 confirmed cases, with
twelve deaths and fourteen recoveries. Mexico is even lower, at 203 total cases,
only two deaths, and four recoveries. Jamaica and Haiti also boast low infection
rates, at twenty-one cases of infections between them. Of all the countries in North America, the
United States has by far the highest risk of infection. The moral of the story is to keep those numbers
as low as possible by maintaining social distancing and maintaining good hygiene. It’s worth noting once again that all of
these statistics were recorded on the morning of the 21st of March, 2020, and are subject
to change as the situation develops. Statistics like these also never tell the
full story. Many cases often go unreported, due to unavailability
of testing for locational or economic reasons. This means the true number of infections – and
therefore, the risks of infection – are often higher than what is reported. This shouldn’t be a cause for panic – instead,
take it as a reminder to remain cautious, not spread misinformation, stay informed,
and follow anti-infection protocols. Thank you for watching this episode of The
Infographics Show! Want more interesting information on diseases
to give you some perspective on our current times? Why not check out “Diseases That Will Kill
You The Quickest” and “What if Ebola Infected The Whole World?” Stay safe, and stay indoors!

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