The coronavirus COVID-19 has multiplied more rapidly than any infectious disease in recent memory – more than 64,000 cases in the first 25 days alone. This makes it difficult to grasp the scale of the outbreak. Here’s how the mounting number of cases have matched crowd sizes in familiar American venues:
Jan. 22: 555 cases
China reported the first cases of the new virus on Dec. 31. Twenty-three days later the number of cases reaches 555. That’s more people than U.S. senators and representatives in Congress (535).
Jan. 27: 2,927 cases
A few days later, the number of cases reaches 4,473 — more than a capacity audience (3,400) in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards were held.
Jan. 31: 9,925 cases
By the end of January, the number of infections totals 9,925 — close to the number of spectators (9,785) at the Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
Feb. 2: 16,787 cases
In the first days of February, infections jump to 16,787, nearly the capacity of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (17,500).
Feb. 8: 37,121 cases
By Feb. 8, the number of cases could fill all the seats of Fenway Park in Boston (37,731).
Feb. 12: 45,222 cases
By the second week of February, infections total 45,204, enough to fill the Yankee Stadium in New York (54,251).
Feb. 14: 66,877 cases
By Feb. 14, the number of people infected surpasses the number of seats at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, site of the 2020 Super Bowl (65,326).
While the rapid rise in infections shows this virus’ remarkable capacity to spread, it’s important to note that the reported number of victims remains relatively low and the disease appears less deadly than SARS and other respiratory viruses.
Scientists are still trying to contain the outbreak and to fully understand its risks.
In the meantime, they recommend using the same common-sense actions used against flu and other respiratory viruses: wash your hands often with water and soup, and avoid people who are sick.
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SOURCE Johns Hopkins University; USA TODAY research; PHOTOS AP; Hollywoodbowl.com; Boston Red Sox