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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: Mar 4

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, has declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic


-A special Thank you to Doctor Li Wenliang who saw something, and said something.


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SITUATION: (Last Update 3/4/2024)


The CDC has updated recommendations about dealing with respiratory illnesses (flu, COVID, and RSV) so that it’s the same guidance for all of them:

  • Stay home and away from others when you are sick.

  • If you at higher risk for severe illness and have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu, talk to your healthcare provider right away for testing and possible treatment. Treatment can lessen symptoms and lower the risk of severe illness if you get it within a few days of when you started to feel sick.

  • Return to normal activities 24 hours after the following:

  • your symptoms are getting better overall, and

  • you have not had fever (and are not using a fever-reducing medication like ibuprofen or aspirin).

Once you return to your normal activities, take additional precautions for the next 5 days to prevent possibly spreading illness to others. As much as possible:

  • limit close contact with others

  • make sure there is good air flow indoors

  • wear well-fitting masks, like N-95s or KN95s, especially when you’re around people 65 and older and those with weakened immune systems

  • wash hands frequently and cover coughs and sneezes

  • get tested for respiratory viruses (flu, COVID-19, RSV)

More information from CDC: Respiratory Virus Guidance (cdc.gov);




Vaccines and boosters are both in use and being distributed world wide.





DATA:


Note: The Latest Washington figures can be found here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus

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Interactive Maps & Data on the Corona Virus outbreak:

(Map Tools for tracking the Virus)

World Health Organization (WHO): GIS Map DATA

Snapshot of the Washington State EOC Dashboard-

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If you have questions, reach out to your healthcare provider or visit DOH’s Frequently Asked Questions page. To find vaccine near you, you can use the state’s Vaccine Locator website, text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) or VACUNA (822862) to receive addresses of nearby available vaccination sites, or call 833-VAX-HELP.


DOH has partnered with the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and the Microsoft AI for Health program to develop these reports every other week since the early months of this pandemic. As our experts at IDM transition away from this project, we at DOH would like to extend our sincere gratitude for their dedicated partnership in the production of these reports. More COVID-19 data can be found on the DOH data dashboard.

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If you want to think of a single word to describe how easily this virus spreads, think "Glitter". And just like walking through a cloud of glitter, it gets on everything, and spreads just as easily.



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