About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The current Corona virus pandemic has led to an alarming situation all across the world as it accelerates. The pandemic is a severe respiratory illness caused by a new novel virus, which belongs to the large family of Coronaviruses. It first started in Wuhan, China, where nearly 80,000 people were affected, out of which 3,000 people died. It has recently been identified in other parts of the world, including the US, with a staggering growth rate.

COVID-19 has affected 182 countries and territories, with a total of 182,726 reported confirmed cases and nearly 7,000 deaths. In the US alone, 4,727 Coronavirus cases have been reported, with 93 death cases.

Who is at a higher risk?

Information from China, where the outbreak first began, suggests that some people are at a higher risk of falling extremely sick from COVID-19. They include:

Symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus usually appear after 2-14 days of exposure, and they range from mild to severe depending on an individual’s immune response. They include:

How does corona virus spread?

The virus is believed to spread from person-to-person. First, through respiratory droplets released in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Second, between people when they come in close contact with each other (within 6 feet).

How to protect yourself

There is currently no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19. The safest course of action is to avoid getting exposed to the virus, which can be done is these ways:

What if you think you are sick?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, take these steps to control the spread of the virus:

Emergency warning signs

Seek medical help immediately if you develop these emergency warning signs:

Final note

Seniors and people with severe chronic medical conditions should take special care to prevent COVID-19 as they are at a higher risk of getting the virus. For more info, contact us or your nearest medical care provider.


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