The coronavirus pandemic has sickened more than 329,000 people, according to official counts. As of Monday morning, at least 14,522 people have died, and the virus has been detected in at least 161 countries, as these map show.
In the map there is evidence on six continents of sustained transmission of the virus. The C.D.C. has advised against all non-essential travel throughout most of Europe, and to South Korea, China, and Iran. And the agency has warned older and at-risk Americans to avoid travel to any country.
While the outbreak is a serious public health concern, most people who contract the coronavirus do not become seriously ill, and only a small percentage require intensive care. Older people and those with existing health conditions, like heart or lung disease, are at higher risk.
Experts’ understanding of how the virus spreads is still limited, but there are four factors that likely play a role: how close you get; how long you are near the person; whether that person projects viral droplets on you; and how much you touch your face.
If your community is affected, you can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:
Wash your hands! Scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and then dry them with a clean towel or let them air dry.
Keep distance from sick people. Try to stay six feet away from anybody showing flu- or cold-like symptoms, and don’t go to work if you’re sick.
Prepare your family, and communicate your plan about evacuations, resources, and supplies. Experts suggest stocking at least a 30-day supply of any needed prescriptions. Consider doing the same for food staples, laundry detergent, and diapers, if you have small children.
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