How Fast Is Covid-19 Spreading Throughout The US?

By Susanna Redmer on March 22 2020 in Society

COVID-19 has spread to all 50 US states and the cases are rising with every passing day.
COVID-19 has spread to all 50 US states and the cases are rising with every passing day.
  • COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus.
  • COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets of an infected person hitting another person with them.
  • COVID-19 may have originated from a bat.

Most people have heard of it. Many people fear it. The COVID-19 coronavirus has quickly spread throughout the United States. The COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is spread through respiratory droplets, mostly through person-to-person contact. The first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China. The virus has since spread to all fifty states in the United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories to infect over 21,000 people within a matter of weeks. A scientific study claimed that it could kill 2.2 million Americans in the coming months

Early Cases

In late January, a positive coronavirus case was reported in Washington State. On January 28, Miami University of Ohio reported two students were in self-quarantine after being suspected of having the coronavirus from a recent trip to China. More cases started to be reported in California and New York. The virus spread, and cases were then reported in 49 states, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico. By January 30, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first person-to-person spread of the coronavirus. COVID-19 is continuing to spread so quickly in the U.S. because many of those infected without symptoms can easily spread the disease, and the U.S. experienced problems with testing. By March 1, the first U.S. death from the Coronavirus was reported in the state of Washington. Florida declared a state of emergency on March 1. Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Utah, and Oregon declared a state of emergency a few days later. Many other states soon followed.

Measures Adopted To Stop The Spread Of The Virus

The rapid spread of the illness in the U.S. prompted suspension of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on March 13, 2020 after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. The National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and Major League Baseball (MLB) soon followed with the cancellations of their seasons because of the quick spread of the infection from close person to person contact. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) also canceled its yearly men and women’s basketball tournaments.

By March 16th, 2020, 37 states closed public schools, which meant 72,000 U.S. schools are closed, affecting 37.4 million public school students. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a problem with standardized testing. It will be up to individual states to decide if standardized testing needs to be delayed or canceled.

The coronavirus is mostly spread through respiratory droplets during person-to-person contact. On March 16, 2020, the CDC put out the recommendation that groups of more than 50 or more people gathering should be canceled or postponed. On March 17, 2020 President Trump recommended that groups of 10 people or less should not gather.

State Shutdowns

By the middle of March, serious actions were taken in multiple states to contain the disease. Key components to stop the rapid disease included frequent hand-washing and social distancing. U.S. citizens were encouraged to maintain a three to six-foot distance between themselves, and many state leaders are taking the charge to try to maintain that.

Broadway theatres in New York have stopped performances starting March 12, 2020.

Governor J.B. Pritzker from Illinois also ordered that all bars and restaurants be closed from March 15-March 30, 2020.

Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine announced that restaurants and bars would temporarily close starting March 15, 2002.

Maryland’s Governor, Gov. Larry Hogan, ordered that all casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities be closed by midnight on March 16, 2020.

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington issued a shutdown order to start March 16, 2020 that closed bars, restaurants, and recreation facilities. The order also put a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people.

Pennsylvania announced effective March 16, 2020 that all liquor stores would close indefinitely.

San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed, said in a tweet that starting March 17, 2020 residents will be required to stay in their residencies unless they need to leave for essential reasons.

Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts orderd that schools be shut down, restaurants serve take out food only, and no groups over 25 people should gather began March 17, 2020.

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey announced all schools, colleges and universities will close, effective March 18, 2020.

Wisconsin Governor, Gov. Tony Evers, issued an order that all grade and high schools are shut down by March 18, 2002.

Pennsylvania announced effective March 16, 2020 that all liquor stores would close indefinitely.

Community Spread Of COVID-19

Many areas of the U.S. are experiencing community spread. People are thought to be the most contagious when they are the most symptomatic. COVID-19 may be spread if someone infected with a virus touches a surface. Someone else then touches the infected surface and touches his/her mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC has issued the following recommendations to stop the spread of the virus which include frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with others. To protect others, the CDC recommends staying home if you’re sick, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect common areas, and wear a facemask if you’re sick. Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you think you may be sick, call ahead to your doctor’s office to receive instructions on what to do. Stay at home if you are sick, except for medical appointments. Separate yourself from others in your home. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated if you contract COVID-19. The elderly and those with underlying conditions are the most at risk for severe infection.

On March 16, 2020, a volunteer human patient were given the first shots for a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Fifteen different biotech companies across the world are currently developing a vaccine against COVID-19.

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