The coronavirus outbreak has affected more than 950,000 people and caused more than 48,000 deaths.
The disease is now spreading in the US, with all states having cases, including the District of Columbia (DC).
653 Cases in DC, 12 Deaths
So far, according to The DC Department of Health, there are 653 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths.
There are more than 216,000 cases of COVID-19 in the US, it has caused over 5,000 deaths across the country. The most affected state is New York, while South Dakota is the least affected.
How Did Enter The US?
Most of the initial cases were from the Diamond Princess cruise ship while a few came in from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak started.
Since then, the disease is now spreading in communities from person-to-person.
What Are The Symptoms?
The main symptoms are dry cough, fever, and tiredness. Others include runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, and body pain.
It is advisable for people who have respiratory symptoms to wear a face mask, self-isolate and call their primary healthcare giver to report their condition.
How Does It Spread?
It is mainly spread by respiratory droplets from a person with symptomatic infection. These droplets are released into the immediate environment when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
If people nearby inhale these droplets or touch virus-contaminated surfaces and touch their eyes, nose or mouth, they could get infected.
The incubation period of the virus is 1-14 days but commonly around 5 days. The incubation period is the time it takes for a person to get ill after being infected by the virus.
How Can I Protect Myself?
While the current outbreak calls for serious concern, you don’t need to panic. There is no available vaccine yet for the disease but here are some recommended ways to protect yourself from getting infected.
- Maintain about 3 feet between yourself and anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with clean water and soap, each wash should last about 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes because your hands can touch virus-contaminated surfaces and get into your body when you touch your face.
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