Keeping up with COVID-19 in Georgia
The current pandemic of COVID-19 has struck the nation and caused cities all over the world to shut down. Currently, Georgia has 800 confirmed cases and 26 deaths. So far, Georgia has conducted more than 5,000 tests, resulting in the 800 positive cases. About 33% of the examination undertaken returned positive results. Three counties – Burke, Harris, and Liberty – recorded their first confirmed cases. The total number of affected counties is now at 70.
Fulton County saw the most substantial increase since noon Monday with seven new cases, followed by Dougherty with five and Cherokee with four. Of the metro Atlanta counties, Fulton continues to lead the count with 152 cases of the virus. As of 7 p.m. Monday, there were 79 cases in Cobb, 74 in Dekalb, 61 in Bartow, 35 in Gwinnett, 24 in Cherokee, 19 in Clayton, 11 in Fayette, 10 in Hall, nine in Henry, Seven in Forsyth, five in Paulding, five in Rockdale and four in Newton.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is part of the family of coronaviruses, which cause 10 to 30 percent of common colds. It spreads by breathing in droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to avoid touching your face. The virus can always live on surfaces. If you’re cleaning after sharing a space with someone who might be sick, focus on high-touch surfaces, including tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks.
We see healthcare personnel suit up in personal protective equipment to transport patients with COVID-19, and that makes people wonder if they, too, need full-body Tyvek to avoid infection. They do not. Wash your hands when you think they’re dirty or when you have been in a public place, around children, in the bathroom, or anywhere your hands may have touched surfaces other touched. Twenty seconds with warm water, soap, and a catchy tune does the job. Alcohol-based sanitizers are great for convenience but are not as effective as handwashing.
If you develop a fever and dry cough after recent travel or contact with a sick person, who has traveled to a place where COVID-19 is spreading, call a doctor. If you do not have a doctor, contact an urgent care center. Be sure to call in advance rather than going to a clinic where you may place others in jeopardy of becoming infected. If you require testing, tests are currently underway at the CDC and the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.