The COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than 950,000 people globally, there have also been more than 48,000 deaths from the disease.
The disease is active in all states in the US, including Virginia.
1,706 Cases in Virginia, 41 Deaths
According to the Government of Virginia, there are currently 1,706 COVID-19 cases in the state. Out of the cases, there have been 246 hospitalizations and 41 deaths. More than 17,000 people have been tested for the disease.
In the United States in general, there are more than 216,000 coronavirus cases and over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York, while South Dakota is the least affected state.
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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