Several online outlets continue to claim that 99.9% of people who recover from the coronavirus recover. The number is not accurate.
WASHINGTON – COVID-19 cases continue to decline in the United States as the number of people vaccinated grows. But there is still a sizable minority of Americans who are reluctant to get the vaccine.
Many online claims report that the recovery rate from the disease is incredibly high: 99.9%
Because of this, a viewer emailed us asking if the recovery rate for COVID-19 is close to 100%.
Do 99.9% of People Who Get COVID-19 Recover?
Dr. Kawsar Talaat, an epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins University. DR. Aditi Nerurkar, a doctor from Harvard Medical School and the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This number is wrong. The percentage is near 97-98% recovery from COVID-19.
“I don’t know where that number comes from,” said Dr. Talaat.
The latest figures for CDC show more than 33 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States. More than 595,000 people died.
“It can be said that 98% of people who get COVID-19 do not die, but 2% die and that 2% is nearly 600,000 people in the United States alone,” said Dr. Talaat. “That’s 600,000 family members and relatives.”
However, our experts said the number of COVID-19 deaths may also be underreported.
“One of the main reasons is that when the health system is stressed by surges it is difficult to understand which deaths are due to an emerging infectious disease, in this case COVID-19,” said Dr. Nerurkar.
If 99.9% of COVID-19 cases had recovered, only about 3,300 people would have died.
Instead, that number is closer to 600,000 deaths in the United States.
So this claim of 99.9% is wrong.
Our experts report that the recovery rate is lower on a global level. According to the WHO, around 97% of people who get COVID-19 around the world recover, but that still means more than 3 million deaths.