The current coronavirus outbreak has affected more than 950,000 people and caused more than 48,000 deaths globally.
The WHO classified it as a pandemic and it is now in every US state, including Wisconsin.
1,550 Cases in Wisconsin, 24 Deaths
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 1,550 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the state after testing more than 20,000 people. 24 people have also died from the disease.
There are more than 216,000 cases of the disease in the US, with over 5,000 deaths. The most affected state is New York. South Dakota is the least affected state.
How To Stay Safe From COVID-19
You can use the following steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting infected with the virus:
- Avoid large gatherings, follow your city’s regulations
- Avoid close contact with anyone ill, coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often for about 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Sneeze or cough into a disposable paper towel and wash your hands immediately after
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs and light switches with a household disinfectant
How does it spread?
The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing small droplets into the immediate environment and landing on surfaces.
People can get infected if these droplets are inhaled or if they touch their nose, mouth or eyes after touching a contaminated surface.
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.
Is There Any Treatment?
Generally, treatment is supportive. As with many viral infections, there is no specific medication tailored to curing the disease. Instead, doctors treat the symptoms until the body’s immune system overcomes the viral infection.
For now, most people infected make a full recovery. The mortality rate is about 3.4%, meaning that more than 96% of those affected survive it.
Older people or people with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart problems are more likely to come down with serious illness following the coronavirus infection. If you are in this category of people, you need to take extra care to prevent the disease.
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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