Here’s what you need to know today about diseases caused by new coronaviruses.
Oregon, by numbers
Editor’s Note: Statistics from the Oregon Health Authority haven’t been updated for Friday, April 17.
The number of Oregon confirmed COVID-19 cases rose 73 on Thursday, April 16. That brings the total to 1,736 countries.
The Oregon Health Authority also reported six more deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak, bringing the total to 64.
Newly reported deaths include an 84-year-old man in Multnomah District who tested positive on March 24 and died on April 13 at his residence; a 56-year-old man in Multnomah District who tested positive on March 28 and died on April 14 at the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center; a 78-year-old man in Multnomah District who tested positive on March 30 and died on April 14 at his residence; a 69-year-old man in Multnomah District who tested positive on April 13 and died on April 15 at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center; a 74-year-old woman in Benton District who tested positive on April 2 and died on April 14 at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; and a 92-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on April 14 and died on April 11 at his residence.
All six have an underlying medical condition.
New COVID-19 cases reported today include 18 in Multnomah County; 15 in Marion County; 12 in Washington County; eight in Clackamas Regency; five in Umatilla Regency; four in Deschutes County; three in Klamath Regency; two each in the districts of Benton and Douglas; and in the Lane, Linn, Malheur and Yamhill districts respectively.
The Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on Health Authority website.
United States, based on numbers
Editor’s Note: Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t been updated for Friday, April 17.
As of Thursday, April 16, the CDC reported a total of 632,220 confirmed cases in the United States. That was up from 579,005 on Tuesday.
The CDC also reported a total of 26,930 deaths on Thursday. That’s soup from 22,252 on Tuesday.
The reader can track the spread of the disease every day here.
The CDC only counts deaths where the presence of coronavirus is confirmed in laboratory tests. according to the Washington Post. “We know this is an underestimate,” Christian agency spokeswoman Nordlund told the Post.
What do we know about COVID-19?
This is a respiratory disease that can spread from person to person.
The name COVID-19 comes from the origin of the disease: (CO) hue (VI) rus (D) is a disease that first appeared in 20 (19).
The virus that causes COVID-19 is not the same as the normal corona virus that circulates among humans and causes minor illnesses, such as the common cold. Find out more at CDC website.
How is it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly among people who are closely related to each other – “close” meaning around 6 feet – through the respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (It might also be possible for people to get it by touching a surface or an object that has a virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not considered the main way of spreading the virus.) Learn what is known about the spread of coronavirus that just appeared on this site.
What are the symptoms?
Most patients with COVID-19 experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and, in some cases, death.
How can I help protect myself?
Avoid close contact with sick people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
What should you do if you are sick?
Stay home when you are sick. Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. And clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
What should I do if I have recently traveled from an area with a continuous spread of COVID-19?
If you are traveling from the affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to two weeks. If you experience symptoms during that period – such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing – get medical help. Contact your health care provider before you go, and explain about your trip and its symptoms. Your health care provider will give you instructions on how to get treatment without getting someone else affected by your illness. When sick, avoid contact with people, do not go out and delay travel to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease to others.
Is there a vaccine?
As with the common cold, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take daily precautions, such as avoiding close contact with sick people and washing hands frequently.
Are there treatments?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Contact your doctor first before using it, to avoid exposing others.
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