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 vaccination shots are available in the U.S.?
- Is there a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?
- Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
- How will vaccines be distributed? Just hospitals and maybe CVS/Walgreens/pharmacies because of the cold temperature requirement?
- How can I tell if I have COVID-19?
- How does the vaccine affect people with allergies?
- How many times will I need to be vaccinated?
- Who is getting vaccinated first?
- Can people who are vaccinated still spread COVID-19 to others? For example, is there a chance they "carry" the infection but wouldn't know?
- Is there anyone who shouldn't get the vaccine?