The current coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 950,000 people globally and caused about 48,000 deaths. The disease is presently active in all states in the US.
669 Cases in Idaho, 9 Deaths
According to the Government of Idaho, 669 people have tested positive for COVID-19 with 9 deaths from the disease. More than 7,000 people have been tested so far. The most affected county is Blaine with 265 cases.
The disease is spreading fast in the US, there have been more than 216,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths so far. The most affected state is New York, while South Dakota is the least affected state.
What Are The Symptoms?
Fever, tiredness and dry cough are its main symptoms, some other associated 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 the time it takes for a person to develop symptoms after getting infected with the virus.
The incubation period of this new coronavirus is 2-14 days (commonly 5 days).
How Does The Disease Spread?
The disease is spread by respiratory droplets from infected people. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, respiratory droplets that contain the virus are released into the immediate environment and can land on surfaces.
When people closeby inhale these droplets or touch their face after touching a contaminates surface, they can get the disease. This is why it is important to avoid close contact with people who are ill and wash your hands often.
What To Stock Up On?
While panic-buying or overstocking isn’t recommended, ensure you have hand sanitizers, handwashing soap, tissue (paper towels), food, water, a thermometer, and your prescribed medications.
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.
- Avoid large gatherings
- Maintain about 6 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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