There are more than 950,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The disease has led to more than 48,000 deaths since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China.
It is actively spreading in the United States and is present in all states, including Pennsylvania.
5,805 Cases in Pennsylvania, 74 Deaths
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are 5,805 COVID-19 cases in the state. Out of this number, 74 people have died.
Philadelphia is the most affected county with 1,478 cases.
In the United States, there have been more than 216,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths from the coronavirus disease. The most affected state is New York, South Dakota is the least affected.
What Are The Symptoms?
The main symptoms of the disease are dry cough, fever, and tiredness. A dry cough is one that doesn’t produce and phlegm.
Other symptoms are body pain, diarrhea, runny nose, and sore throat.
The symptoms are usually mild in most people and appear gradually. In some cases, there are no symptoms at all.
The incubation period is 2-14 days (commonly 5 days). The incubation period is the time it takes a person to develop symptoms after being infected by the virus.
Does it cause serious illness in most infected people?
Most people who are infected by the virus develop mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
1 in 6 people who get the disease become seriously ill and have difficulty breathing.
Older people or those with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, are more likely to develop serious illness.
How To Stay Safe From COVID-19
The virus is very contagious and can sometimes be transmitted by people who aren’t showing obvious symptoms.
Here are some ways to protect yourself and your family:
- Avoid large gatherings
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Wash your hands often for about 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Sneeze or cough into a disposable tissue and wash your hands immediately after
- Stay updated and follow recommendations from your city officials
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