The current COVID-19 outbreak has affected more than 950,000 people worldwide and caused more than 48,000 deaths.
The disease is present in all US states, including Oregon.
736 Cases in Oregon, 19 Deaths
According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are 736 cases of COVID-19 in the state with 19 reported deaths. 167 people are hospitalized.
There have also been more than 14,000 tests carried out so far.
In the US, there are more than 216,000 cases of the coronavirus and over 5,000 reported deaths. The most affected state is New York, South Dakota is the least affected state with 129 cases.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
While the virus likely originated from an animal source in Wuhan, China, the virus is mostly spread from person to person by small droplets.
The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing small droplets into the immediate environment and landing on surfaces. People can get infected if these droplets are inhaled or if they touch their nose, mouth or eyes after touching a contaminated surface.
Infected people are more contagious when they show symptoms. So, it’s best not to stay in close proximity to someone coughing or sneezing.
How Did Enter 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 To Prevent COVID-19
The main things you can do to prevent getting infected by the coronavirus is to avoid large gatherings and close contact with people who are ill, wash your hands often for about 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.
You should also avoid touching your face with unwashed hands and follow updates and guidelines from your city’s government.
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