The coronavirus pandemic has entered a new stage. Currently, cases continue to grow rapidly in several parts of the world
Coronavirus information and visualization. The data shows total confirmed cases (current + recovered) in the yellow bar. The table to your right (or below, on some mobile devices) shows current cases, in orange.
Where is the disease spreading?Currently, the outbreak's epicenter has shifted from China to Europe. Italy, Spain, Germany, and France are all having severe outbreaks, while most other European countries are quickly catching up. Iran is also one of the countries with the most number of cases. The US is also surging.
What countries have the most overall cases
- Wash your hands. You’ve heard this a million times, and there’s a reason for it: it works. Soap and water is your best option, but sanitizer also works if applied correctly. Wash hands thoroughly for 20+ seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect commonly touched objects — especially your phone, but also things like doorknobs.
- Clean your room and bathroom. This is is good hygienic practice in general, but a preliminary study suggests that disinfecting your room is effective at removing the virus. Here is a list of EPA-approved disinfectants.
- Cough and sneeze in your elbow or in a tissue that you immediately dispose of safely.
- If you can work from home, do that.
- Practice (temporary) social distancing. Avoid large gatherings, try to stay 1+ meter (3+ feet) away from people. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AT THIS STAGE OF THE SITUATION.
- Plan ahead, but be considerate. Consider some preparations in anticipation of social distancing or supply chain shortages, but don’t take more than you need and be considerate of others in your community. Your best chance of not getting sick is if your local community doesn’t get sick. Don’t needlessly stockpile and take resources from those who need it most.
- Be aware, prepared, but not panicked. This will be a long fight. We can overcome it together.
Best Coronavirus Precautions
We are already at a point where social distancing is key. If you can work from home please do that, and practice social distancing as much as possible.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face too often
- Avoid crowded places
- Wear a mask only if you fear you are contagious
How dangerous is the coronavirus?
COVID-19 can cause pneumonia and complications that can kill you. So far, it seems that the case fatality rate is around 2% for the Hubei province (where the virus originated). In Italy, the rate seems much higher, possibly due to the gentrified population and an overrun medical system. This figure is still very much uncertain because we’re not really sure how many people are infected in the first place.
Most cases are mild. Around 80% of all known cases are mild, some even asymptomatic. However, as many as 14% can require hospitalization.
Where is COVID-19 most active?
The virus has spread outside of China and at this point, it is already a global pandemic.
Europe seems the current epicenter of the outbreak. Iran is also suffering a major crisis, and the number of cases in the US might be much higher than the official one, due to insufficient tests.
It’s safe to expect the virus to expand to virtually the entire world.
Can COVID-19 be cured?
Most people are perfectly capable of dealing with the virus without any treatment. There is no vaccine at the moment, and so far, only one antiviral drug has been approved by the FDA. However, several trials are currently under way at an accelerated pace.
Some treatments might be developed from repurposing existing drugs — this is one of our best bets. A working vaccine is extremely important in the long run, but realistically, that is still at least 1 year away from deployment.