For patients admitted to the hospital and confirmed to have the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the key risk factors for death are:
Signs of sepsis
Blood clotting issues
Risk factors come from a new retrospective study that evaluated data records for 191 patients—137 survivors and 54 non-survivors. Each patient had been admitted to one of two hospitals in Wuhan, China.
The study, which appeared March 9 in The Lancet—in a paper entitled “Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study”—could help clinicians identify patients with poor prognosis at an early stage.
For some reason unknown at this time, young people are not particularly susceptible to Coronavirus (like they are with the flu). Older people who are healthy and do not have an underlying immune weakening condition are also less likely to get sick from the virus. In fact, what makes the virus a 'pandemic' is that many people who contract the virus don't know they have it. They travel around asymptomatic leaving viral particles around them. They may have the virus, their bodies deal with it and then it's gone. This is how the disease will resolve itself over time as the greater population develops immunity.
Although governments are trying to curtail the spread - reality is you can control the spread yourself by practicing good hygiene - wash your hands and don't touch your face until AFTER you wash your hands and your hands are dry. This is one of those things that will have to run its course. The good news is it is not Ebola. It is a respiratory infection that is similar to the rhino virus' (cold) and influenze (same family genetically). Death rate is NOT ten times influenza as commonly reported. There has not been enough testing to get the numerator value at a high enough true level.The actual death rate will turn out to be similar to influenza.
In our home, we conduct ourselves normally - no change in our behavior except when I shake hands with someone, I wash my hands soon after.
Also - get your vitamin D level checked and raise it if below 50 - and as Sandy pointed out take vitamin C. Even if you get exposed to Corona, at least you may never even know you had it.