The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 950,000 people globally and caused about 48,000 deaths.
The disease is present in all US states, including Missouri.
1,581 Cases in Missouri, 18 Deaths
According to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, there are 1,581 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 18 deaths from the disease.
In the United States, there are more than 216,000 cases of the disease with over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York while the least affected state is South Dakota.
How Did Get Into 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.
What Are The Symptoms?
The main symptoms are dry cough, fever, and tiredness. Others include runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, and body pain.
It is advisable for people who have respiratory symptoms to wear a face mask, self-isolate and call their primary healthcare giver to report their condition.
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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