Coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS‑CoV‑2). The virus primarily spread between people during close contact, often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking. The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than traveling through air over long distances.
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Less commonly, people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although the spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who do not show signs.
Coronavirus death toll
The number of daily deaths from the novel COVID-19 rose again in the U.S., a tally from Johns Hopkins University showed, as the country’s total fatalities surpassed those of Americans in the Vietnam War. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University of the United States, as of Saturday morning, approximately 52,10,817 people worldwide had coronavirus infection. The expert team from Kuwait found PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) solution for testing novel coronavirus.
As of Saturday morning, about 20.5 million people worldwide had recovered from the COVID-19 infection. More than 338K people worldwide die of coronavirus. About 96 thousand people have died in the United States alone.
Trump revealed on Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine and zinc as a preventative measure against COVID-19. Later, the White House doctor spoke out about Trump’s use of HCQ, saying “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks,” USA Today reported.
The White House doctor referenced the fact that Trump’s valet had tested positive for the virus. Trump said, “the regimen finishes in a day or two, yeah, I think it’s two days, two days.”
A recent study suggests that giving the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to patients with coronavirus disease is of no use, but that patients are at higher risk of dying. The study has published in the journal Lancet. In the U.S., public health officials are warning people to follow social distancing and other anti-virus measures as they head into a three-day holiday weekend that honors the country’s military dead.Millions are expected to emerge from lock downs and head to beaches and parks, raising concerns about new outbreaks.