The current COVID-19 outbreak has infected more than 950,000 people worldwide and caused about 48,000 deaths. The disease is very active in the United States, affecting every state, including Kansas.
552 Cases in Kansas, 13 Deaths
So far, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there have been 552 confirmed cases and 13 deaths in Kansas. Most cases have been in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
The disease has now affected more than 216,000 people in the US, killing more than 5,000 people. The most affected state is New York, while South Dakota is the least affected.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. A cough is termed ‘dry’ when it doesn’t produce mucus or phlegm. In some cases, it can lead to shortness of breath and require hospitalization.
In most people infected, the disease produces mild or no symptoms, however, it can cause serious illness in older people or those with underlying medical conditions.
It takes 2-14 days for an infected person to develop symptoms. This period is known as the incubation period.
How COVID-19 Spreads
The disease is spread when infected people cough or sneeze, releasing respiratory droplets.
These droplets can infect people if inhaled or if people touch their faces after touching a surface contaminated with droplets.
It takes 2-14 days for people to develop symptoms after getting infected (most commonly it takes 5 days). This period is also known as the incubation period of the virus.
How To Prevent COVID-19
To stay safe from COVID-19, you should:
- Avoid large gatherings and follow your city guidelines about movements
- Avoid close contact with anyone who’s sick, coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.
- Stay updated and follow your city’s recommendations
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