The current coronavirus has affected many countries globally. It is a pandemic with more than 950,000 cases worldwide and over 48,000 deaths.
The disease is present in all US states, including Mississippi.
1,177 cases in Mississippi, 26 Deaths
According to data published by the Mississippi State Department of Health, there are 1,177 coronavirus cases in the state and 26 people have died from the disease.
The most affected county is Hinds, with 118 cases.
In the US in general, there have been more than 216,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state by far is New York, while the least affected state 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.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Fever, tiredness and dry cough are its main symptoms, some other associated symptoms are:
- body pain
- runny nose
- 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 Protect Yourself
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing and wash your hands thereafter
- Avoid large gatherings and follow the guidelines given by your city’s officials.
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