Now the mortality rate from coronavirus disease COVID-19 is overestimated, since there is no accurate data on all infected, the American virologist, deputy director for science of the vaccine department of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Konstantin Chumakov, said.
Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 may not actually be as dangerous as previously thought. Such an opinion in an interview To the Browser Konstantin Chumakov, American virologist, deputy director of science for vaccines at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said.
“The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease is not very harmful. Data is beginning to appear, how many people actually became infected, sick and died – it turns out that mortality is less than 1%. Official data says that from 2% up to 5%. In Italy, even more. But this is due to the fact that we do not have good statistics regarding the exact number of sick and infected. It’s difficult to miss a dead person, and sick is easy, not to mention those who are infected and have no symptoms, “said Chumakov.
According to him, studies on the presence of antibodies to coronavirus show that there are about 50–80 times more infected with COVID-19, “than the official statistics on the sick say.”
“This is very good news. It means: the virus is not at all as evil as it seemed at first. Even now, despite the fact that the epidemic has been raging for two months, in the same USA the number of deaths is still less than that of seasonal flu. So the scale of the pandemic needs to be considered in comparison, “said the virologist.
Chumakov added that subsequently the aggressiveness of the coronavirus may decrease.
“All viruses, having switched to a new population, are at first more dangerous, but gradually become sparing. If a virus kills its owner or sends it to the hospital, it falls out of circulation and cannot be transmitted to another. Only those viruses that don’t kill their owner are transmitted, so that it can continue to infect other people. Therefore, any new virus is gradually becoming less dangerous. This is a fundamental biological law, “he said.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As of May 2, 3.36 million people were infected with coronavirus in the world, of which 239 thousand died, 1.06 million recovered, informs Johns Hopkins American University.