Corona versus Ebola: some stats

23 February 2020
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Ebola in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo announced their tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years on 1 August 2018. The number of cases has exceeded 3 000, making it the country's largest-ever Ebola outbreak. It is the second-largest Ebola outbreak after one which hit West Africa from 2014-2016.

Key stats from then to date via Doctors WIthout Borders:

  • 3423 total cases
  • 3304 confirmed cases
  • 2244 deaths

Contrast this with Covid-19, as the Corona virus is more formally known.

  • 78 966 total cases
  • 53 079 currently infected
  • 23 418 recovered
  • 2 469 deaths

Not to indulge in whataboutery, but the fatality rates for Covid-19 are insignificant compared to Ebola.

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