There are more than 950,000 confirmed coronavirus cases globally with more than 48,000 deaths.
The disease is now active in all US states, including Massachusetts.
7,738 Cases in Massachusetts, 122 Deaths
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there have been 7,738 reported cases of COVID-19 in the state. Out of this number, 122 people have died.
There have also been 682 hospitalizations due to the disease.
In the US in general, there have been more than 216,000 coronavirus cases and over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York, while the least affected is South Dakota.
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.
What Are The Symptoms of the Disease?
The main symptoms are dry cough, fever, and tiredness. 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.
Is There Any Treatment?
Generally, treatment is supportive. As with many viral infections, there is no specific medication tailored to curing the disease. Instead, doctors treat the symptoms until the body’s immune system overcomes the viral infection.
For now, most people infected make a full recovery. The mortality rate is about 3.4%, meaning that more than 96% of those affected survive it.
Older people or people with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart problems are more likely to come down with serious illness following the coronavirus infection. If you are in this category of people, you need to take extra care to prevent the disease.
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