COVID-19 UPDATE

Information from the Center for Disease Control on COVID-19

Link to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

How COVID-19 is Spread

The virus is spread between people who are in close contact within 6 feet of each other.   When an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, or talks the respiratory droplets can land in your mouth or nose and be inhaled into the lungs. It can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.  The closer and longer you interact with others, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.  

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

The main symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell.

Other symptoms can include muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when around other people.  Stay at least six feet away from other people.  Being around people outside is better than inside.   Wash your hands with soap and water often and also use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Wash your hands for 20 seconds before touching your face after touching objects outside your home.  Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home. 

Medical Conditions That Put People at Higher Risk of COVID-19

People at high risk for serious illness with COVID are older people with underlying medical conditions.  Eight out of ten deaths in the United States are people over 65.

People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID including chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), weakened immune system, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Other medical conditions that might put people of any age at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID: asthma, cerebrovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, high blood pressure, neurologic conditions, liver disease, pregnancy, pulmonary fibrosis, smoking, thalassemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus

People under 30 who do not have any underlying medical problems, may have a milder case of COVID and may be able to recover at home.  Stay at home, get rest, stay hydrated, and take acetaminophen

Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine keeps someone who has been exposed to the virus away from others for 14 days.

Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus from people who are not infected.  They may either be in a hospital or at home in a “sick room” away from family members and use a separate bathroom if possible.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Go to the emergency room if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain, or pressure in the chest, inability to wake or stay awake, confusion, bluish lips, or face.   Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe.  

Call 911 or your hospital and tell the operator you are seeking care for COVID.

United States Statistics and Hot Spots

The United States as of July 4, 2020, had 2,888,635 million confirmed cases of COVID with 129,947 deaths. 

The new hot spots for COVID are Texas and Florida.  Florida posted 11,458 new cases on July 4 with 18 deaths and 244 hospitalizations.  Texas posted 8,258 new cases on July 4th with 33 deaths and 7,890 hospitalizations.  

Information and Statistics from the Georgia Department of Public Health Website

Link to the Georgia website https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report?fbclid=IwAR0HImpwbvrNZWS8IDxw3nyxBXlkeBmLRztDp2yoePAuGAoYYNRftzYVqOM 

The State of Georgia reported 2,826 new cases on July 4, 2020.  Georgia reports total COVID  cases of 92,319 with 2,857 deaths. 

The top four counties in Georgia with the most COVID cases are Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb, and Cobb.

Gwinnett reported 9,482 confirmed cases with 173 deaths.  

Fulton County reported 8,433 confirmed cases with 314 deaths.

DeKalb County reported 6,689 confirmed cases with 173 deaths.

Cobb County reported 5,679 confirmed cases with 245 deaths.

COVID Deaths by Age in Georgia

Age 1 to 4 reported 349 with 0 deaths.

Age 5-9 reported 1,153 with 0 deaths

Age 10-17 reported 3,591 with 1 death.

Ages of 18-29 reported 21,534 confirmed COVID cases and 14 deaths.

Ages 30-39 reported 15,760 cases with 49 deaths.

Ages 40-49 reported 14,898 cases with 108 deaths.

Ages 50-59 reported 14,104 cases with 238 deaths.

Ages 60-69 reported 9,941 with 529 deaths.

Ages 70-79 reported 5,915 cases with 768 deaths.

Ages 80-89 reported 4,992 cases with 1,149 deaths.

Unexpected Consequences in COVID-19 Survivors

COVID has been found to cause blood clots that can lead to strokes.  Experts say that this can happen in any patients regardless of age, and even in those with few or no symptoms.  People with COVID as young as 30 are experiencing strokes even when their symptoms were mild, according to Healthline.

Other problems people experience who survive COVID are post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and may have a significant cognitive impairment, decreased memory, decreased attention, decreased ability to solve problems, and limited physical ability when released from the hospital, according to Healthline. 

Why Some People Won’t Wear Masks

Trump’s supporters won’t wear masks because “dear leader” won’t wear a mask. Trump thinks it doesn’t look good and makes him feel less manly.   Plus Trump tells his supporters that COVID is a Democratic hoax and that 99% of COVID cases are harmless. 

Other reasons people give for not wearing a mask are it infringes on their freedom of choice and civil liberties, some men think it makes them look weak, resistance to authority, denial of the problem, masks are uncomfortable, conflicting messages from the Trump administration and scientists.

What Other Countries Think of U.S. Response to COVID-19

The U.S. COVID response is one of the worst in the world.   Other countries look at the U,S. with disbelief, pity, and alarm and wonder why the advice of scientists is ignored by so many in the U.S.

Wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands are all it takes to bring down the spiking numbers of COVID cases in the U.S.  But as you can see Trump encourages no masks and his rallies are one big, rolling COVID spreading roadshow. 

By the time you read this report, the number of COVID cases and deaths will have increased.

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