Update as of 2:15 pm ET:
There are now 1411 confirmed cases and 40 deaths in the US due to COVID-19.
Update as of 11 am ET:
In the U.S. there are currently 1364 cases and 38 deaths due to COVID-19.
The U.S has suspended travel from 26 European countries starting Friday (3/13) for 30 days. The countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Many major events have been canceled due to the virus. Check Business Insider for updates.
Check out these great fact infographics at WHO!
The virus infects people of all ages, but older people and immunocompromised people are of the highest risk for complications. The risk of severe disease begins at 40 and increases gradually with age.
The majority of cases (87%) are in people 30-79. Only 8.1% of cases are in people in their 20s, 1.2% in the teens, and 0.9% are in 9 and under.
As far as pregnancy and COVID-19, one small study looked at vertical transmission of the virus (mother to unborn baby). In the study, of all 9 mothers infected with the virus in their third trimester, none had passed the virus to the baby. All of the babies were born very healthy. Surprisingly, COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be especially severe in pregnant women.
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