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Another California Patient Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Another California Patient Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Another California Patient Tests Positive For Coronavirus
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So far it has been revealed that 60 people in the United States are affected by the coronavirus. The most recent case: a patient in California who claims not to have traveled outside the country to an affected region - such as parts of China, Italy and Iran - or to have had contact with an infected person.

According to The Washington Post, the woman arrived at the NorthBay VacaValley hospital with flu-like symptoms on February 15, but was not treated as a potential coronavirus patient because she did not meet the medical criteria of having traveled. outside the United States.

According to the UC Davis Medical Center, despite the request of the medical personnel in charge, the patient who has not been identified has not been tested for this virus for days. Now, the nurses and doctors who had contact with her are also being monitored by the health authorities.

As the number of cases in the United States increases, San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared his city and California in a state of emergency in order to prepare for a possible spread of the coronavirus.

This, despite the fact that President Donald Trump assured on Wednesday from the White House that there was nothing to be alarmed since the situation was under control.

"Although there are no confirmed cases in San Francisco yet, the global picture is changing rapidly and we need to step up preparedness," Breed announced, according to the USA Today newspaper. "We see that the virus is spreading to new parts of the world every day and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Francisco residents from harm."

Coronavirus story
Coronavirus story

Various health authorities have said that the spread of the virus is inevitable, although it is not known how many people it will affect and to what degree. But his number recommendation could not be more specific: we must remain calm.

"Don't panic," professor of epidemiology and medicine Timothy Brewer told the Washington Post. “There is no value in panicking or scaring people. Don't let fear and excitement drive the response to this virus. That can be really difficult because [the virus] is new, and we're still learning about it, but don't let fear of the unknown about the virus overshadow what we know."

For its part, the World Health Organization has denied rumors that the virus can be fought with children's urine, cold, snow or cocaine use. It also denies that the virus can be killed with a hand dryer in public toilets, and claims that pneumonia vaccines are not protection against the coronavirus.

The organization explains that this respiratory virus spreads through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. The best way to protect yourself, according to their recommendations, is to wash your hands for about 20 seconds and frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant -as it should be done to avoid any cold- since at the moment there is no nor is any specific medication recommended to prevent or treat coronavirus.

Other recommendations: avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and disinfect objects or surfaces that are often touched, such as a phone.

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