COVID-19 has affected many countries around the world, affecting more than 950,000 people and causing more than 48,000 deaths. The disease is present in all US states, including New Mexico.
363 Cases in New Mexico, 6 Death
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, there are currently 363 cases of coronavirus in the state. There are 6 reported deaths from the disease.
There are more than 216,000 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with over 5,000 reported deaths. The most affected state is New York, while South Dakota is least affected, with 41 cases.
How Does It Spread?
It is mainly spread by respiratory droplets from a person with symptomatic infection. These droplets are released into the immediate environment when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
If people nearby inhale these droplets or touch virus-contaminated surfaces and touch their eyes, nose or mouth, they could get infected.
The incubation period of the virus is 1-14 days but commonly around 5 days. The incubation period is the time it takes for a person to get ill after being infected by the virus.
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.
- Avoid large gatherings
- Maintain about 6 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.
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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