There are more than 950,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide. The disease has also killed more than 48,000 people since the outbreak started late last year in Wuhan, China.
The pandemic is now active in the US, affecting all states, including North Carolina.
1,584 Cases in North Carolina, 10 Deaths
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there have been more than 26,000 coronavirus tests in the state.
Out of this number, 1,584 people have tested positive to COVID-19.
There have also been 10 deaths associated with the disease outbreak.
The situation is much worse in many US states. In general, there are more than 216,000 coronavirus cases and over 5,000 deaths from the disease.
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 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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