I have compiled some tables for understanding the comparison of Covid-19 with the other virus (outbreaks) in the past in both World and India. Only outbreaks are taken into consideration and common scenarios are not taken for analysis.
As a kid, i remember the 1994 Plague outbreak in India which had 693 cases and 56 deaths. Then, came the 2009 Swine Flu Global outbreak, where there was 36240 reported cases with 1833 deaths in India.
The next major outbreak of Swine Flu came in India with 33761 cases and 2035 deaths. In 2018, Nipah Virus sent shivers in people of south India and it also was contained and the panic died down soon. Rarely the life of people of India in India get affected when there is a major outbreak elsewhere in the World. The 2009 and 2015 swine flu caused more number of deaths and was more severe than the Covid-19 Coronavirus in India whcih till date has not even resulted one deaths in India. But just watching the news in TV will itself will send you shivers.
Its not wrong in being prepared. We did not fear or talk about the Swine Flu / Dengue so much in social media. If you go to a shop, u can hardly find any masks, Sanitizer, Tissue Paper, Sterillium as they have gone empty. Demand for Soaps are also increasing. People are getting prepared for the worst. Kids are expecting early holidays and a complete skip of the exams.
But if you see the table, the mortality rate of Covid-2019 is very low and mostly the death rate is higher in old people and the mortality rate is very less in younger people and kids. If you have old people in your house, take more preventive measures, even limit the outside people or the young ones who have flu symptoms such as cough and cold to meet the old people for time being.
Good Hand Hygiene is a must
WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.