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What percentage of COVID-19 cases are mild?

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About 8 in 10 people who get COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, will get mildly sick. Mild cases still can make you feel pretty lousy. Even so, you should be able to rest at home and recover fully without a trip to the hospital.

SOURCES:

J. Randall Curtis, MD, A. Bruce Montgomery, American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle.

World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report -- 41,” “Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” “WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 -- 24 February 2020.”

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

National Health Service (UK): “Cough.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Coronavirus Resource Center.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 7, 2020

SOURCES:

J. Randall Curtis, MD, A. Bruce Montgomery, American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle.

World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report -- 41,” “Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” “WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 -- 24 February 2020.”

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

National Health Service (UK): “Cough.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Coronavirus Resource Center.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 7, 2020

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