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How many people have severe symptoms from the coronavirus?

On 6 March the World Health Organization reported that 80% of infections were mild or showed no symptoms, about 15% were severe infections, and 5% were critical infections. Those who have severe symptoms are often older or have preexisting conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease. Children do not seem to catch COVID-19 as frequently as adults and often have mild flu-like symptoms.

Drafted 11 March 2020

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