COVID-19: Tips, Statistics, and Everything You Need to Know

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The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19. This system is intended only for people who are currently located in the United States.

Background Information

SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes has been named coronavirus disease 2019, which is abbreviated COVID-19.

The first known case was in a 55-year-old from Hubei, China on November 17, 2019. Authorities suspect the virus was initially caused by an item sold at a seafood market, but individuals contracted the virus around the same time without any connection to the seafood market.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United states was reported on January 20, 2020 and the number has increased exponentially since.

Symptoms

In those who have recovered, Coronavirus causes mild to severe illness; the most severe illness occurs in older adults and those with other underlying health issues.
Symptoms can appear anywhere between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. They include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
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    If you experience the following emergency warning signs, you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Feeling pressure or pain in the chest
  • Lips or face appear blue in color
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    Tips to Avoid COVID-19

  • Social Distance
  • Washing hands regularly can offer more protection than wearing rubber gloves
  • Stay home unless necessary
  • Work from home if possible
  • Avoid touching mouth, eyes, and nose
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends avoiding physical contact when greeting others i.e. wave, nod, oral greeting.
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    Resources for COVID-19
     

  • CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • NIH National Cancer Institute Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know
  • FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Understanding Cancer

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