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Data from China shows the majority of people with Covid-19 only suffer mild symptoms, then recover

People enjoy beautiful scenery at a scenic spot in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province as amusement parks and other tourist attractions reopened to the public, on March 22, 2020. PHOTO: China Daily/Xinhua

By Ivana Kottasová and Henrik Pettersson | 20 March 2020

CNN — Most people who contract the novel coronavirus experience mild symptoms, according to data from China, where the worst of the epidemic now appears to be over.

Last month, scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a research paper analyzing the data for the first 72,314 people diagnosed with Covid-19.

Epidemiologists say it will take a long time to fully understand the mechanics of the coronavirus outbreak, but the information published by the Chinese scientists may give some insight into those most vulnerable to the virus.

The data shows that men and women have roughly the same chance of contracting the virus. When the scientists looked at 44,672 patients confirmed to have the disease, they found there were 106 diagnosed men per 100 women.

However, the impact on men appears to be worse, at least among those who were part of this initial study. While 2.8% of the men diagnosed with the disease died, only 1.7% of women did. […]

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