By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare in Spain reported updated COVID-19 information today reporting 999 cases in the country. Of this total, 16 fatalities have been recorded.
Eight of the 16 deaths have been reported in Madrid–the first death was reported in the Valencian Community on Feb. 13, and the last 6 yesterday (3 in Madrid and 3 in the Basque Country). Most cases are reported in older men.
Health officials report it is estimated that the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2 to 12 days, and in 50% it begins with symptoms 5 days after transmission. By analogy with other coronaviruses it is estimated that this period could be up to 14 days.
77.8% of affected people are between 30-79 years old, and only 2% are under 20 years old; 51.4% are men.
The symptoms of the disease in a more than 80% are mild (fever, cough, expectoration, malaise), while approximately 20% they may have more serious clinical manifestations (pneumonia and clinical complications) that require hospitalization.
People with severe manifestations of the disease usually have underlying diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.
In Europe, 12,595 cases have been confirmed, with Italy, France and Germany reporting the most. Europe has seen more than 400 deaths.
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