There are more than 950,000 cases of COVID-19 globally, with over 48,000 people dying from the disease.
The pandemic is active in the United States and is present in all states, including Minnesota.
742 Cases in Minnesota, 18 Deaths
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there are 742 Coronavirus cases in the state. 138 people have been hospitalized and there have been 18 deaths from the disease.
Hennepin is the most affected county with 235 cases.
In the United States as a whole, there have been more than 216,000 cases of COVID-19 with over 5,000 reported deaths. New York is the most affected state while South Dakota is the least affected state.
How Did Enter The US?
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.
Is It Very Deadly?
Most infected people (about 5 in 6) will experience mild symptoms and recover fully. However, 1 in 6 might develop serious illness after getting infected with the virus. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease are more likely to develop serious illness from the Coronavirus.
The overall death rate of COVID-19 is 3.4%. That means it kills 3-4 people out of every hundred that gets infected.
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.
- Maintain about 3 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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