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President Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus in the United States. The declaration frees up federal resources to help those at risk or with the disease. The president said he would free up $50 billion in resources to help stop the spread of the virus.

He also waived some restrictions and regulations and gave additional power to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to help Support hospitals and contain the virus.

To help people get tested, Trump said he would offer 1.4 million new tests next week and 5 million more would be ready by the end of the month. The World Health Organization categorized coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic on March 11.

To determine if you have coronavirus, monitor your symptoms closely. According to the CDC, “The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, Cough, and Shortness of breath.” If you experience these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

There are precautions you can take to prevent illness. Avoid the virus by avoiding close contact with people. Per the CDC website,  “The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, either “between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)” or “Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”

We all play a part in taking care to reduce the spread of the disease. The CDC recommends washing your hands thoroughly often,  covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, staying inside if you’re not feeling well, and avoiding close contact with others.

Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu. 

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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