Your COVID-19 primer for Saturday, April 4
Oregon, by the numbers
Editor's Note: The statistics from the Oregon Health Authority have not yet been updated for Saturday, April 4.
The total number of confirmed Oregon cases of COVID-19 rose on Friday, April 3, to 899, the Oregon Health Authority reports, with 73 new confirmed cases. One more Oregonian has died of the disease, bringing the total to 22.
The most recent death is that of a 71-year-old man in Polk County who tested positive on March 19 and died Thursday, April 2, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.
According to the state, the new confirmed cases include 17 in Washington County; 15 in Multnomah County; 14 in Marion County; five each in Clackamas, Klamath and Yamhill counties; four in Deschutes County; two each in Benton and Polk counties; and one each in Clatsop, Crook, Malheur and Morrow counties.
Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day at the Health Authority website.
The United States, by the numbers
Editor's Note: The statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not yet been updated for Saturday, April 4.
As of Friday, April 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a total of 239,279 confirmed cases in the United States. That's up from Thursday's total of 213,144.
The CDC also reports a total of 5,443 deaths as of Friday. That's up from 4,513 deaths on Thursday.
Readers can track the daily spread of the disease here.
What do we know about COVID-19?
It's a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
The name COVID-19 stems from the disease's origin: (CO)rona(VI)rus (D)isease that first emerged in 20(19).
The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Find out more at the CDC website.
How is it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another — "close" meaning within about 6 feet — through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (It also may be possible that people can get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.) Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at this site.
What are the symptoms?
Most patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, a cough and shortness of breath. In the 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 people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 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're sick?
Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. And clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to two weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period — such as a fever, cough or trouble breathing — seek medical advice. Call your health care provider before you go, and explain about your travel and your symptoms. Your health care provider will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don't go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
Is there a vaccine?
Just like the common cold, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Call your doctor first before going it, to avoid exposing others.
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