The current COVID-19 disease outbreak has affected more than 950,000 people globally and led to more than 48,000 deaths.
The pandemic is presently in all US states, including South Carolina.
1,296 Cases, 26 Deaths
According to data published by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there are currently 1,296 coronavirus cases in the state.
There have also been 26 deaths. Charleston is the most affected county in the state with 190 cases.
In the United States, so far, there have been more than 216,000 reported COVID-19 cases and more than 5,000 deaths.
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 Can I Protect Myself?
While the current outbreak calls for serious concern, you don’t need to panic. There is no available vaccine yet for the disease but here are some recommended ways to protect yourself from getting infected.
- Avoid large gatherings
- Maintain about 6 feet between yourself and anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with clean water and soap, each wash should last about 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes because your hands can touch virus-contaminated surfaces and get into your body when you touch your face.
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