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Experts attribute immune factor to higher Covid-19 recovery rate in BD

June 30, 2020 00:00:00

Healthcare officials and experts said on Monday despite continued coronavirus onslaughts claiming lives, infection recovery rate in Bangladesh was higher than the global average, a phenomenon they attributed to patients higher immunity because of their age factor, reports BSS.

They said the scenario suggested the coronavirus infection was mostly spreading among younger population with higher immunity, resulting in lower death and higher recovery rates.

According to IEDCR data Covid-19 recovery rate is above 40 percent while among the dead 65 percent aged above 50.

Over 40 percent patients already have been cured from the disease and more people were set to recover as their good health conditions and mild infections.

DGHS officials said they assumed the actual recovery rate could be higher than the official data as several Covid-19 patients never reported to doctors.

They said in some cases infected people could not be declared Covid-19 negative immediately through follow up tests once they were detected with infections.

"We hope recovery rate in Bangladesh will be much higher than global average . . . as fatality rate is 1.27 while global average is above five percent," DGHS additional director general Nasima Sultana told the news agency.

She added: "Many patients who recovered staying at their home could not provide their recovery information to DGHS . . . however, from now we are enhancing our follow-up efforts and compiling all necessary information".

Line director of health education Professor Dr Nazmul Islam Munna said early reporting of suspects for infection detection and fitness of patients through physical exercise and regulated diet alongside adherence to anti-Covid-19 guidelines could reduce further the mortality rate.

But he called "don't care attitude or carelessness" of a section of people including youngsters was a major factor as they draw coronavirus infection themselves and infect others.

"You can see a large number of people, mainly of younger age group are moving around keeping their masks in their pockets or chins, instead of covering their lips and noses, which is a frustrating scene," he said.

Munna added: "At times their movement crowding public places appears non-essential as well".

According to demographic statistics people of younger age comprise majority of the country's population while over 50 percent Covid-19 appears to be aged from 20 to 40.

World Health Organisation (WHO) assessment found 80 percents Covid-19 cases are mild, 10 to 15 percent moderate while less than five percent are critical.

Bangladeshi healthcare officials said nearly 75 percent Covid-19 patients in the country were taking treatment from their home, and many of them were recovering everyday receiving treatment through hotlines.

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) advisor Mustaq Hossain said many recovery data, however, remain missing for want of proper follow-up activities.

"(But) when death rate is only 1.27 percent, it could generally be assumed that the rest of infected people recovered", he said.

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