Coronavirus is Beginning to Spread in the U.S.


Coronavirus Spreading in U.S.

More than a month ago, reported about the spreading coronavirus in China – particularly in the area of Wuhan. Since that day the virus has spread throughout the world striking thousands of people, in more than 78 countries, while resulting in thousands of deaths. Today the COVID-19 has started attacking the United States. 

Deaths In The United States

Since the first reporting, we have suffered at least 11 deaths in the US. Ten of these deaths have been in the state of Washington. The other death occurred in Sacramento, California. As of today 17 states have reported cases of the virus. 

WHO Says It Could Be More Lethal

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated earlier this week that the coronavirus could be more lethal than first suspected. However, he also said the transmission might be less easily transmitted than previously thought. Epidemiologists continue to stress that there is still not enough data to draw firm conclusions. 

WHO Chief Pleads For More Data

The leader of the WHO has issued a plea for more data. He is urging countries to test more people, more quickly so the disease can be better understood. Initially, there were not enough tests in the US to complete testing. Vice President Mike Pence, who is now leading the fight on the coronavirus in the US, said there will be 1.5 million tests available by the end of this week.

The Global Situation

More than 93,000 cases have been recorded throughout the world. There have been more than 3,200 deaths documented to the coronavirus globally. The good news is that more than 50,000 people have already recovered from the virus. Officials are still trying to answer the big question: how bad will it get?

California Declares State of Emergency

California reported the first death, from the coronavirus yesterday. There are 53 confirmed cases to date causing Governor Gavin Newson to declare a state of emergency. He said the declaration is to protect consumers against price gouging as well as to allow for health care workers to come from out of state to assist at health care facilities. He said that price gouging needs to be “aggressively monitored.” Newsom reported that his state added 14 labs where testing for the virus is allowed. The number is expected to increase to 20 in the coming days. 

China’s Coronavirus Is Slowing

Approximately 80,409 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in China. There have been 139 new cases reported with 31 new deaths. The country has been reporting fewer cases daily during the last few weeks. This suggests the country’s handling of the virus may be working.

Italy Continues To Fight The Virus

Just a few weeks ago Italy did not have any cases of coronavirus. Today the country is trying to contain the outbreak. There are now more than 3,000 cases. To contain the virus they have ordered all schools, universities, and daycare facilities nationwide to close for 10 days starting today.

Stay Safe

Each one of us wants to stay away from this virus as far as possible. However, we also want to protect our family, friends, co-workers, and others with whom we come in contact. According to WHO everyone should regularly and thoroughly wash our hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This is said to help kill the virus that may be on our hands. Another measure is to stay at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This is to prevent us from breathing the droplets that may be sprayed when someone coughs or sneezes. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is because your hands can touch many surfaces and pick up viruses. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing seek medical help. The reason is that professionals can direct you to the right health facility while helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Finally, cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. This will help prevent droplets from spreading the virus. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. National and local authorities will offer the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area.