The current COVID-19 outbreak has affected more than 950,000 people globally and caused more than 48,000 deaths since it started late last year in Wuhan, China.
It is now very active in the United States and all states are affected, including Delaware.
368 Cases in Delaware, 11 Deaths
There are 368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, with 11 deaths reported.
The disease has affected more than 216,000 people in the US and has caused about 5,000 deaths so far. The most affected state is New York, while the least affected state is South Dakota.
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing small droplets into the immediate environment and landing on surfaces.
People can get infected if these droplets are inhaled or if they touch their nose, mouth or eyes after touching a contaminated surface.
Does it cause serious illness in most infected people?
Most people who are infected by the virus develop mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
1 in 6 people who get the disease become seriously ill and have difficulty breathing.
Older people or those with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, are more likely to develop serious illness.
How can I protect myself and prevent the spread of the disease?
These are some steps you can take to prevent the disease:
- Avoid close contact (less than 6 feet) with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth
- Stay at home if you feel unwell and call your local clinic before heading out.
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