More than 128,000 people in the US have recovered from the coronavirus – double the number of deaths
The number of Americans who have recovered from the coronavirus is now DOUBLE the number of fatalities in the US, as more than 128,000 have survived – but daily new infection rates continue to rise
- Of the 1.07 million people diagnosed with the coronavirus in the US, at least 128,141 are confirmed to have recovered
- That’s twice as many Americans as died during the pandemic, which is currently 62,547
- To be considered recovered, patients should not have a fever without medication for 72 hours and two negative test results should be taken at least 24 hours apart
- Researchers believe the number of recoveries is likely to be higher due to the number of people with antibodies who have never tested positive for the virus
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Recovery from the new coronavirus in the US is now double the total number of deaths, new figures reveal.
It was confirmed Thursday afternoon that at least 128,141 Americans have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
That is double the number of deaths, which is currently 62,547.
It’s a promising sign for the US, which reports five-digit numbers when it comes to new cases per day, five times as much as China at its peak.
Of the 1.07 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with the coronavirus, at least 128,141 have been confirmed to have recovered – double the number of Americans who died, at 62,547 (above)
To be considered recovered, patients should not have a fever without medication for 72 hours and two negative test results should be taken at least 24 hours apart. Pictured: Phlebotomist Jenee Wilson talks to Melissa Cruz, an ER technician who has recovered from the coronavirus, while she’s finished donating plasma in Seattle, Washington, April 17
Researchers believe the number of recoveries is likely to be higher due to the number of people with antibodies who have never tested positive for the virus. Pictured: Dr. Jan Levora (left) and nurse Kristen Renner (right) are waiting outside CHI-St Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota, with Gery (left) and Betty DeGreef from Mandan, both of whom recovered from the virus
To be considered recovered, a patient should not have a fever without the help of medications for 72 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, the person should also show improvement in his or her respiratory health and should have two negative test results spaced at least 24 hours apart.
Current numbers are a long way from the week of March 16-22, when 472 people died and 668 recovered, only about a 41 percent difference.
But as the number of deaths increases exponentially week after week, the recovery is accelerating.
Last week, the total recovery was 109,483 and the total deaths were approximately 55,490.
That means that the recovery from the virus is 1.16 times higher than the week before and deaths are 1.11 times higher.
However, the actual figure is probably much higher because thousands of patients have tested positive for antibodies, but have never been tested for the virus itself.
“People are definitely recovering from this,” said Dr. Casey Kelley, a clinical instructor of family and community medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. US News & World Report earlier this month.
“They absolutely are, and most people will. We just don’t have the data because we don’t have the manpower to monitor it now. ‘
The new numbers follow reports that the number of confirmed recoveries worldwide has exceeded one million.
That means that about 33 percent – or a third – of all diagnosed coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease.
And while the US is the world leader in positive cases at 1.07 million, it also leads to recoveries.
For comparison, Spain has 137,984 recoveries, Germany 123,500 recoveries and Italy 75,945 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.