The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has spread globally, killing hundreds of thousands of people and infecting millions more. The pandemic has upended life around the world, delivering a massive blow to the global economy and creating a "new normal" for Americans.
Here is what you need to know about coronavirus symptoms, prevention and cases nationally and globally:
John's Hopkins University maintains a dashboard tracking the number of coronavirus deaths and confirmed infections in countries around the world:
Patients with COVID-19 have had a wide variety of symptoms and can experience mild to severe illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms may appear anytime between two to 14 days after exposure.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of developing more serious complications.
The disease has the potential to attack many areas of the body, not just the respiratory system as previously thought. In the past few months, the CDC has added new symptoms to its list.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Emergency warning signs include:
Anyone experiencing emergency symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. Please note that these lists are not all-inclusive.
The coronavirus is thought to spread easily, mainly from person to person.
Like the common cold, the virus is transmitted through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes.
It's also possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface with the virus on it before touching their mouth, face or eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Here are protective measures everyone can take to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the CDC:
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If you think you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider.
Those who are not in an at-risk population (such as the elderly or those with preexisting medical conditions) may be able to recover at home. Stay home, unless you're seeking medical care, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
If you exhibit emergency symptoms, get medical care immediately.
Note: This coronavirus is new, and therefore all research is preliminary. Guidelines and recommendations are subject to change as experts learn more about the virus.