COVID-19 has alarmed the world. It has affected more than 950,000 people globally and caused more than 48,000 deaths in many countries. The disease is very active in the United States and every single state is affected.
159 Cases in North Dakota, 3 Deaths
According to the North Dakota Department of health, there are 159 cases of the coronavirus so far, with 3 deaths reported. There have been more than 4,900 people tested, and out of the 159 positive cases, 28 people are hospitalized.
The disease has affected more than 216,000 people in the United States, with over 5,000 associated deaths. The most affected state is New York, while the least affected state is South Dakota.
How Did It Get Into The United States?
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.
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.
How To Stay Safe From COVID-19
You can use the following steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting infected with the virus:
- Avoid large gatherings, follow your city’s regulations
- Avoid close contact with anyone ill, coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often for about 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Sneeze or cough into a disposable paper towel and wash your hands immediately after
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs and light switches with a household disinfectant
It is also important to stay updated about the outbreak and your government’s response to it.
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