Detroit The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan rose to 59,801 as of early Saturday afternoon, including 5,767 deaths, according to state authorities.
On Saturday, the state reported a total of 44,964 recoveries. This is up from 42,041 recoveries reported last weekend.
Saturday’s update represents 180 new cases and 22 additional deaths. The total number of confirmed cases and 5,745 deaths was confirmed on Friday.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 2 million cases have been reported across the country. More than 114,000 people have died in the United States.
Worldwide, more than 7.6 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 426,000 have died, reports JHU.
The actual numbers are certainly much higher, due to limited testing, different ways in which nations count the dead and the deliberate under-reporting by some governments.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that become clearer in two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious diseases, including pneumonia and death.
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Here is a mapped timeline of confirmed coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in Michigan:
Here is the number of Michigan County cases mapped and the total number of cases in each U.S. state:
Here’s the Michigan COVID-19 county-mapped deaths:
Here’s Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by age group (see here if you don’t see the chart):
Here’s Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by sex (see here if you don’t see the chart):
How COVIDE-19 Spreads
Broadcast from person to person
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (in about 6 feet).
- By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be the most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread may be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of what is happening with this new coronavirus, but this is not considered the main way the virus spreads.
Spreading contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on them and then touching their own mouth, nose, or perhaps their eyes, but this is not considered the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
The ease with which a virus spreads from person to person may vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreads continuously without stopping.
Prevention and treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid exposure to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC still recommends daily preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a handkerchief, then throw the cloth in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular spray or household cloth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the toilet; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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People who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.
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