As of April 3, 2020, the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases was New York. More than 213,144 cases have been reported across the United States, with the overwhelming majority of cases found in the state of New York.
From an epidemic to a pandemic
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The term pandemic refers to multiple outbreaks of an infectious illness threatening multiple parts of the world at the same time; when the transmission is this widespread, it can no longer be traced back to the country where it originated. The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is over 936,865, and it has affected over 200 countries and territories.
The symptoms and those who are most at risk
Most people who contract the virus will suffer only mild symptoms, such as a cough, a cold, or a high temperature. However, in more severe cases, the infection can cause breathing difficulties and even pneumonia. We are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, but those at higher risk include older persons and people with pre-existing medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease. There is currently no specific treatment available; finding an effective medication to prevent infection is a public health priority