How dangerous is COVID-19?
Overall fatality rates of COVID-19 are low, and most people have mild symptoms. Those with chronic lung disease and other chronic medical conditions and people older than 65 years with weaker immune systems are most at risk for complications if they contract COVID-19. Even though most individuals will not die from it, COVID-19 is a public health concern because there is no immunity to it.
 Wilson N, Kvalsvig A, Telfar Barnard L, Baker MG. Case-fatality estimates for COVID-19 calculated by using a lag time for fatality. Emerg Infect Dis. 3/13/2020 https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2606.200320DOI: 10.3201/eid2606.200320
 Becker's Hospital Review, Leaked AHA webinar slide shows US hospitals brazing for 96 million coronavirus cases3/12/20: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/leaked-aha-webinar-slide-shows-us-hospitals-bracing-for-96-million-coronavirus-cases.html
Other questions related to Coronavirus and COVID-19
- How many shots do I need to get in total?
- How can I tell if I have COVID-19?
- Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
- What about pregnant women? Should they get vaccinated?
- Is there anyone who shouldn't get the vaccine?
- Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
- Is there a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
- The vaccine helps prevent COVID-19 but how long does the "immunity/prevention" last for?
- Can children get the vaccine or just adults at this time?