First of all, I see people on social media claiming that the infection in Italy is targeting the Asian immigrant community. There is simply no evidence of this. While most of the identities of the deceased have not been released, the infections are spread across a large geographical area and most concentrated in small towns. These small towns have only very small Asian populations. One of the hardest-hit towns is Castiglione d’Adda, which only has about 5,000 people.
Second, Italy is following the same pattern as China. Males are being harder hit than females. In Lombardy, the hardest-hit region, 70% of all confirmed infections are among males.
Third, the information that has been released shows that the people dying are elderly, often with serious pre-existing conditions. Essentially it is killing the same people who would be most likely to be killed by the flu or pneumonia.
No patient zero has been identified, but authorities believe one major source of the infection was a 38-year-old male who went to the hospital. The infection spread through the hospital before it was identified as coronavirus. However, authorities do not know how he got infected.
Three people in the Lombardy region, no gender given, ages 83, 84 and 91.
An 88-year-old man from Caselle Landi.
An 84-year-old man from Bergamo.
An 80- year old man from Castiglione d’Adda.
A 78-year-old retired bricklayer Adriano Trevisan from Padua.
A 76-year-old woman in Treviso.
A 75-year-old woman from Codogno.
A 62-year-old, no gender is given, who was on kidney dialysis.
Average age: 80.1
Currently, the World Health Organization estimates that 14% of the people infected develop severe symptoms. They estimate the fatality rate at around 2%.
Though one of the difficulties with containing corona is the fact that someone might not be showing any symptoms, but still be contagious to others.