There are more than 950,000 coronavirus cases globally and more than 48,000 deaths from the disease.
The disease is present in all US states, including Tennessee.
2,683 Cases in Tennessee, 24 Deaths
According to the Tennessee department of health, there are 2,683 cases of COVID-19 in the state. Out of this number, there have been 200 hospitalizations and 24 deaths.
In the US in general, there have been more than 216,000 coronavirus cases and over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York, while the least affected state is South Dakota.
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.
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 Protect Yourself and Your Family
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing and wash your hands thereafter
- Avoid large gatherings and follow the guidelines given by your city’s officials.
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