Don't know if the following may be a crumb of comfort during these times but I've just been having a look at the NHS Daily Deaths stats - yes I know a bit macabre of me but better to know your enemy than not, I guess.
The thing that caught my eye though was the following -
From this link you can click on to the NHS daily spread sheets, I simply clicked on for the stats for today - 8th May.https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/
From the spreadsheet you will note that there are some 'tab' headings at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
At the bottom left of the screen you will see two arrows, which if you click on them will take you through a number of screens - the one that caught my eye was the last one - the furthest right you can 'click' to, entitled Covid19 All Deaths by Condition.
What it shows is that the latest death total for hospitals is 22,049 BUT a massive 20,924 of the deaths had a Pre existing condition.
In fact only 1,125 people have died from Covid19 in hospital who haven't been classed as having no known pre-existing condition!
Ok this is probably not great news for those of us who have existing issues but for the vast majority who haven't the odds of not being taken by Covid19 are heavily stacked on your side!
Indeed as we all are aware Covid is hitting the old heavily (with the greatest respect to the BAME group the really story is protect everyone 60 or over irrespective of ethnicity and you are looking at saving a hell of a lot more lives! In fact the stats show that out of the 22,049 deaths just 1,927 are 59 years old or younger - and if we just look at the 59 year olds or younger just 238 of them died without having any known pre-existing condition!).
(I'll spell that number out just so you know I haven't missed a number out - just two hundred and thirty eight people out of 22,049 deaths!!!).
Obviously every death is a tragedy but looking at the NHS own stats published by them into the public domain seems to show that almost everyone who is 59 or under with no pre-existing health conditions will (based on these stats) survive this as long as they continue to be sensible and do the hand washing, social distancing stuff that we are getting used to.
For anyone who might not be overly computer confident I list the numbers out below as age group, deaths with pre-conditions, deaths without pre-conditions and total for age group
0-19 yes 8 no 3 total 11
20-39 yes 127 no 28 total 155
40 -59 yes 1,554 no 207 total 1,761
60 -79 yes 8.066 no 481 total 8,547
80+ yes 11,169 no 406 total 11,575
Total yes - 20,924 no - 1,125 total - 22,049.
The big question now though is what do the NHS stats consider pre-existing conditions?
Up to now I've not found the definition on their site but this is what the BBC reported as such on the 7th April -
Coronavirus can affect anyone, but people with pre-existing health problems and older people are thought to be at greater risk of developing severe symptoms.
If you have a long-term health condition you may be feeling anxious. So here's what experts are advising. Who is at risk?
Having a health condition does not make you more likely than anyone else to come into contact with coronavirus.
But it appears people who are older, those with weakened immune systems and people who have underlying chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, or asthma, are more at risk of severe effects if they do catch it.
People at higher risk include those who are over 70, regardless of whether they have a medical condition or not, and people under 70 with any of the following underlying health conditions:
chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
chronic kidney disease
chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
those who are pregnant
Around 1.5m people at the greatest risk of complications, such as patients having treatment for cancer or people on immunosuppressant therapy, are being asked to isolate at home for 12 weeks to protect themselves
I've edited the article a little bit to just show the main relevant things but you can read the article in full here -https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51703892
Seems on the face of it then that maybe this isn't as scary for some of us as it may seem and possibly it hasn't been reported this way as such in order for the majority to continue to act in a way to protect those of us who are at very real risk from catching it - in which case the chances for us really aren't the best!
Maybe I'm interpreting things wrongly, maybe the pre-existing conditions are far more embracing than those I've listed - but on the face of it if you are under 60 and in good health the odds are very much on your side of getting through this if you continue to take care of yourself and your love ones whilst the virus is still about.