There have been more than 950,000 COVID-19 cases globally since the outbreak started late last year in Wuhan, China. The disease has also led to more than 48,000 deaths.
At the moment, it is spreading in the United States, affecting all states, including Georgia.
4,748 Cases in Georgia, 154 Deaths
According to data published by the Georgia Department of Health, there are 4,748 coronavirus cases in the state. Out of this number, 1,013 people have been hospitalized, and there have been 154 deaths.
The death rate from the disease has been about 3.24% in Georgia.
In the United States, there have been more than 216,000 COVID-19 cases and over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York while South Dakota is the least affected.
How Did It Get Into The United States?
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 of the disease are dry cough, fever, and tiredness. A dry cough is one that doesn’t produce and phlegm.
Other symptoms are body pain, diarrhea, runny nose, and sore throat.
The symptoms are usually mild in most people and appear gradually. In some cases, there are no symptoms at all.
The incubation period is 2-14 days (commonly 5 days). The incubation period is the time it takes a person to develop symptoms after being infected by the virus.
How To Stay Safe From COVID-19
The virus is very contagious and can sometimes be transmitted by people who aren’t showing obvious symptoms.
Here are some ways to protect yourself and your family:
- Avoid large gatherings
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Wash your hands often for about 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Sneeze or cough into a disposable tissue and wash your hands immediately after
- Stay updated and follow recommendations from your city officials
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