Numbers Can Ease Fear – COVID 19 By The Numbers

Numbers Can Ease Fear – COVID 19 By The Numbers

HealthStatus was started as a health information site by technology professionals who were in the business to write and understand mathematical data and how it relates to your health.  That is why there are so many health calculators on our site that are updated yearly by mortality numbers and health numbers that can provide you with information about your health and habits and how they can affect your mortality.

While the world is dealing with COVID 19 it is important to take out the emotion and fear and look at hard numbers to get a realistic outlook.  As of March 30, 2020, WHO, CDC, ECDC and NHC are reporting 35,114 deaths from COVID 19 worldwide, and under 1 million confirmed cases of the disease.

The most recent pandemic, H1N1 (swine flu) was first detected in April 2009 in a 10-year-old girl in California. It was declared a global pandemic in June 2009 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and was finally over in August 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that swine flu infected nearly 61 million people in the United States and caused 12,469 deaths. Worldwide, up to 575,400 people died from pandemic swine flu.

Every year we have influenza or “flu season”.  A recent study estimated an average of 389,000 (uncertainty range 294 000-518000) respiratory deaths were associated with influenza globally each year during the study period, corresponding to ~ 2% of all annual respiratory deaths. Of these, 67% were among people 65 years and older. Let’s look at some general mortality rates, and since our readers skew to the US, we will use those numbers for our baseline.

The mortality rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population for a given amount of time.  Those numbers are then used and analyzed to determine individual risk evaluations and provide governments with necessary information on the health of their nation’s population and the world.  Trends and diseases can be tracked and mapped.

Roughly 150,000 people die each day across the globe, about two thirds—100,000 per day—die of age-related causes.

There are health risks in almost everything that you do.  The number of miles you drive in a year can increase your likelihood of injury.  The more you drive the more likely you are to be in an automobile accident.  A health risk assessment will ask how many miles you drive and in what type of vehicle.  Both of these questions have associated risk numbers.  It is actually safer to fly on an airplane than drive in a car if you look at the st