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Mild to deadly: these case studies show how coronavirus could affect you

Nobody is immune, and the studies give a good idea of the types of illness seen across the world

Paul Nuki and Sarah Newey

There has been much written about how to protect yourself from catching the new coronavirus but far less on what it does to those who catch it. Yet doctors are learning more about the disease every day as cases mount and detailed reports are starting to appear in medical journals across the world.

They describe a wide spectrum of illness ranging from cases that are so mild the patient does not notice to those where patients decline at pace and die within a week.

Data currently suggest that about 80% of confirmed Covid-19 cases are mild, 15% are severe and 5% are critical. Over time it is likely that mild cases will grow as a proportion of the total, as more asymptomatic cases are picked up through community testing...

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