The current COVID-19 outbreak may have started in Wuhan, China but has become a global problem, affecting more than 950,000 people and causing more than 48,000 deaths.
The disease is present in all US states, including Oklahoma.
879 Cases in Oklahoma, 34 Deaths
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there have been 879 Coronavirus cases so far, out of these, 34 people have died. 257 infected people are also hospitalized.
The disease has been spreading fast in the US, with more than 216,000 cases, and over 5,000 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 Prevent COVID-19
To stay safe from COVID-19, you should:
- Avoid large gatherings and follow your city guidelines about movements
- Avoid close contact with anyone who’s sick, coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.
- Stay updated and follow your city’s recommendations
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