Coronavirus Cases In The State Of North Carolina
Currently there are zero cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, neighboring states have yet to produce any confirmed cases of Coronavirus as well.
Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, the chief medical officer and state director of the DHHS, says that while there is no reason to worry, North Carolinian’s should use “common sense” in interacting with large crowds and potentially sick people.
“It’s a good time in North Carolina, when the risk is low, to look ahead and be prepared in light of the CDC recommendation yesterday,” Tilson said late February.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention told the press that Americans should prepare for the worst.
“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said in a telephone call with reporters, according to a CDC transcript.
North Carolina Response Plans
The Durham County Department of Public Health said it is working closely with the CDC and neighboring municipalities.
“We have a standing preparedness and response plan for pandemic flu that we would activate, with any necessary modifications, if called for,” DPS said. “In cooperation with state and local health departments, our objectives would be to reduce transmission of the virus, minimize illness, maintain mission-critical operations and services, and minimize disruption of instruction.”
North Carolina Schools React To Coronavirus
Despite no North Carolina residents contracting the Coronavirus, schools are getting prepared. Across the state, four different Universities have enacted a ban on students traveling abroad until the virus threat wears down — particularly travel to Italy, where infection rates have shot up tremendously.
Additionally, North Carolina Central University is restricting all students from non-essential travel to China, as the virus has mostly spread by method of air transportation.
“We continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and, as anticipated, things are rapidly changing,” North Carolina State University said in a statement.
Coronavirus Prevention Recommendations by the NCDHHS
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, with sneezing, fevers, and shortness of breath being the primary things to lookout for. It’s been considered a mild-moderate virus of the respiratory system.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
- Avoid touching any part of your face with hands that are unwashed.
- Restrict contact with sick individuals as much as possible.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if possible.
- Throw away tissues after one use.
- Ensure that frequently touched tables, appliances, counters, etc are disinfected.
Coronavirus Outside North Carolina
In the United States, there are 60 cases of COVID-19 — most of which came from the Diamond Princess cruise that was heavily quarantined in Japan.
It’s worth noting that different states provide different levels of transparency with regard to patients that are being treated or tested for Coronavirus. New York, for example, publishes the number of confirmed cases, how many tests came back negative, and the amount of people undergoing testing.
Florida, however, is very different, opting on the side of privacy for patients and publishing less information.
As for the entire world, there are currently 84,138 confirmed cases and 2,876 fatalities. This virus originated in the industrial city of Wuhan, China, where they have a population of 11 million.