As of Monday morning, the U.S. had reported 965,933 cases of Corona Virus that causes COVID-19, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. Out of those cases, officials said 54,877 people died, and 107,045 people recovered.
Health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believe antibodies show a person may have some immunity to the virus. The specifics of immunity people may have after recovering remains unknown. Still, officials are attempting to transfer protection from those who have recovered to high-risk populations and healthcare workers through convalescent plasma.
Several other drugs studied as a potential treatment for a new coronavirus, but as of Monday, health care workers tasked with treating a patient’s symptoms, not the virus itself. Around the world, 881,635 people have recovered, as identified by the tracker.
Of the five countries with the highest number of cases, Germany, where there have been 157,781 cases and 114,5000 recovered, has had the highest reported recovery rate at 72 percent. Spain, with 236,199 people infected, has had the second-highest number of cases. Of those cases, 127,609 people have recovered, giving the country a recovery rate of about 54 percent. Italy and France, two countries with the third and fourth highest case count, have current recovery rates of about 33 and 28 percent, respectively.
During a pandemic, the word “increase” often accompanied by a harmful data set, but recoveries are among the few times you want to see an upward trend. Recovery rates aren’t always a reliable metric, though, as many factors can skew the data. For one, there’s a high probability that the number of cases in any given country, including the U.S., isn’t accurate. Since about 80 percent of people expected to have mild symptoms, it’s possible those with a soft case tested or that a certain percentage of people were asymptomatic, giving them no reason to believe they should check. For more health news click here.