COVID-19 Frequently Asked QuestionsAdmin2021-12-18T04:39:27+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions about Data


DATA | Where can I find data & graphics about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?Admin2020-04-23T16:02:02+00:00

You can find all kinds of data, graphics, statistics and projection information on our Research | Data page, however one of the sites where I have found the most (interactive) data and where you are able to select almost any country to see it’s data is on “Our World in Data“, click here to go to their website.

An example of one of their maps/graphic:

FLU | Is this virus comparable to SARS or to the seasonal flu?Admin2020-04-23T16:08:50+00:00

The novel coronavirus detected in China in 2019 is closely related genetically to the SARS-CoV-1 virus. SARS emerged at the end of 2002 in China, and it caused more than 8 000 cases in 33 countries over a period of eight months. Around one in ten of the people who developed SARS died.

As of 10 April 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak had caused over 1.700.000 cases worldwide since the first case was reported in China in January 2020. Of these, more than 100 000 are known to have died.

While the viruses that cause both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza are transmitted from person-to-person and may cause similar symptoms, the two viruses are very different and do not behave in the same way.

ECDC estimates that between 15 000 and 75 000 people die prematurely due to causes associated with seasonal influenza infection each year in the EU, the UK, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This is approximately 1 in every 1 000 people who are infected. Despite the relatively low mortality rate for seasonal influenza, many people die from the disease due to the large number of people who contract it each year. The concern about COVID-19 is that, unlike influenza, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for the disease. It also appears to be more transmissible than seasonal influenza. As it is a new virus, nobody has prior immunity, which means that the entire human population is potentially susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Source: ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
RISKS | What do we know about the risk of dying from COVID-19?Admin2020-04-23T15:58:52+00:00

It is a straightforward question that most people would like answered. If someone is infected with COVID-19, how likely is that person to die?

This question is simple, but surprisingly hard to answer.

For a complete analysis about this question and all the answers take a look at this website and graphics.

TESTING | The importance of testing and why is it needed?Admin2020-04-23T16:02:20+00:00

Not everyone needs to be tested says the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for COVID-19. Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.

  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
  • Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.

A very good explanation of testing is provided here, it shows that testing is important especially for the future and to know all the details about this pandemic and future treatments and precautions.

A specific graphic about the “Total tests for COVID-19 per 1,000 people” for India, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, the USA, France, The Netherlands and the UK to show the amount of tests performed

VACCINES | Do they work?Admin2021-12-22T11:48:35+00:00

COVID-19 vaccination do work as these charts showYES! Though vaccinations does not mean you cannot get COVID-19, as with any vaccination, it is more and more obvious that it gives you a lesser chance of ending up being hospitalised as can be seen in different studies. An interesting way to see why it works is shown in these movies here and here (in Dutch but very easy explanation).

I have made a comparison image with the “daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million” and the “number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals. You can find it here. As you can see though the number of cases is similar, or even higher, the number of hospitalisations is lower every single time. This clearly shows that vaccinating helps and puts less pressure on the health care systems.

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