The current coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 950,000 people worldwide and killed more than 48,000 people. The disease has been spreading in the United States and is now in all states, including Rhode Island.
566 Cases in Rhode Island, 10 Deaths
According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, there are 566 COVID-19 cases in the state and 10 deaths from the disease.
In the United States in general, there are more than 216,000 cases of the disease, and over 5,000 people have died. New York is the most affected state, while South Dakota is the least affected state with 129 cases.
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 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 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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