PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) says it has tested more than two dozen people for the coronavirus. Of the 26 tests, 24 have come back negative.
CORONAVIRUS IN ARIZONA
The one confirmed case of coronavirus in Arizona was somebody with a connection to Arizona State University who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the disease originated.
That leaves one test. The results for that one are still pending.
On Monday afternoon, AZDHS said Arizona should expect additional cases, which is typically in disease surveillance. It is important to note, it does not mean the disease it more severe. AZDHS can test up to 450 samples a day.
AZDHS posted the information on its new coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, web dashboard. The new site comes just as health officials in Washington state confirmed four more coronavirus deaths. The announcement of the first two deaths came over the weekend. Dr. Jeff Duchin from Public Health – Seattle & King County confirmed four news deaths at a news conference Monday. Officials said it’s possible that the virus had been circulating undetected for weeks. The Washington state deaths are the first in the U.S.
A man has died in Washington state of COVID-19, state health officials said Saturday, marking the first such reported death in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 10 states reporting 43 cases of COVID-19. As of Monday, more than a dozen people were in the hospital. Of those cases, 17 were travel-related. The others were person-to-person spread. The states with confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of Monday, March 2) are Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Florida.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Doctors agree that the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. And yes, there’s a right way to do it. If you don’t have access to soap and warm water, hand sanitizer will work. Some stores, however, have sold out.
It’s super simple, cost effective, and the ingredients are readily available at any drug or grocery store.
While sales of hand sanitizers are surging, so are sales of face masks, especially the kind made for medical professionals. People are snapping them up in an effort to protect themselves. Medical experts, however, say they don’t work — not for COVID-19
The United States’ top doctor is actually asking people to stop buying the masks. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus …,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams’ said in a tweet over the weekend. He reiterated that washing your hands is the best thing you can do.
On Monday, Arizona State Public Health Laboratory in Phoenix will start testing samples.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China. The symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or the flu, including a runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, and a fever that can last for a couple of days.
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According to the CDC, experts believes it spreads mostly from person to person but can also be spread by contact with infected surfaces or objects. COVID-19 is just one kind of coronavirus, which, according to the World Health Organization, “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease ….” Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which caused a similar worldwide health scare in 2003, was caused by a coronavirus. “The outbreak lasted approximately six months as the disease spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before it was stopped in July 2003,” according to the WHO. COVID-19 has been referred to as a novel coronavirus, which means only that is was a previously unseen strain.
Since its detection in China, COVID-19 has spread to 60 countries, including the U.S.
Six people have died in Washington state as the United States grapples with more than 90 cases of the disease.
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