COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, has recently been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic. Below, we have compiled facts from reputable sources to help you stay informed.
How are you handling the worldwide panic?
As the virus has rapidly progressed across the globe, misinformation has been spread almost as rapidly. At Everyday Power, we are here to provide a concise list of facts from regarded sources about the coronavirus, including the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Below, you will find info discussing the spread of the coronavirus, symptoms, the latest updates, and what you should do if you get sick.
Check out the list of coronavirus facts below.
Don’t forget to also read: What You Need to Know About Social Distancing
Coronavirus spread and death rate
1. More than 132,000 coronavirus cases worldwide have been reported to WHO.
2. The virus has spread to 123 different countries and territories.
3. Europe has more cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, excluding China.
5. The global death rate is about 3.4%.
6. In comparison, the seasonal flu kills fewer than 1% globally.
7. There are currently 1,215 reported cases in the U.S.
8. 36 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S.
9. Coronavirus has spread to 42 U.S. states and Washington D.C.
10. Older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions (lung cancer, diabetes, etc.) are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from coronavirus.
11. There is currently no vaccine to combat coronavirus.
12. On March 11th, President Trump introduced a travel ban on 26 European countries for the next 30 days. It is due to go in effect Friday, March 13th at midnight EDT.
13. The CDC recommends that travelers avoid nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea, and most of Europe.
14. Four new areas (French Polynesia, Turkey, Honduras, and Côte d’Ivoire) have reported cases in the last 24 hours, as of March 12th.
15. More than 440 million U.S. dollars has been pledged to WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.
16. WHO has shipped about 1.5 million diagnostic tests to 120 countries.
17. President Trump declared a national state of emergency on Friday, March 13th.
How to prevent coronavirus and symptoms
18. Symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus.
19. If you experience any emergency warning signs, including difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, you should get medical attention immediately.
20. CDC recommends that the best way you can prevent it is to avoid being exposed.
21. One of the best ways to combat the virus is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
22. If you don’t have soap and water readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
23. The virus spreads mainly from person to person.
24. If coronavirus is spreading within your community, it’s best to distance yourself from other people. In other words, limit time in, if not avoid, public places.
25. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
26. If you are not sick, you don’t need to wear a facemask unless you’re caring for someone who is and they can’t wear a facemask.
What to do if you are sick from the coronavirus
27. If you’re sick, stay home. Only leave to receive medical care.
28. Wear a facemask if you are sick, when you are around other people.
29. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then, immediately wash your hands.
30. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily. This includes toilets, sinks, countertops, faucets, keyboards, and phones.
What misinformation have you seen spread about the coronavirus?
Currently, we are dealing with a difficult situation. As the spread of the coronavirus circulates the planet, the world seems to have come to a halt. With the information above, we hope to provide you with the knowledge you need to protect yourself and the ones you love.
We believe staying informed is extremely important as we all combat this illness together. If you have any family members or friends who are searching for information, direct them to this article to give them a fast track to the facts.
What did you learn from these insightful coronavirus facts? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!