There have been more than 950,000 coronavirus cases globally since the pandemic began late last year in Wuhan, China. There have also been more than 48,000 deaths from the disease since then.
The pandemic is present in all US states, including Utah.
1,012 Cases in Utah, 7 Deaths
According to the Utah Department of Health, there have been 1,012 COVID-19 cases in the state and 7 deaths. More than 20,000 people have also been tested for the disease.
The most affected county is Salt Lake with 444 cases.
There are more than 216,000 coronavirus cases in the US with over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York while the least affected state is West Virginia.
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 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.
What To Stock Up On
While panic-buying or overstocking isn’t recommended, ensure you have hand sanitizers, handwashing soap, tissue (paper towels), food, water, a thermometer, and your prescribed medications.
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