About 90,000 people get the coronavirus each year, according to the World Health Organization, and about 50 of them die. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the virus’s sole foreign case resulted from animal transmission, but the mother of the original infected person, who died in England this year, does not get sick from it. The virus may kill anyone exposed to it. On Friday, Russia’s health minister announced a new death from the virus. The last Russian coronavirus death occurred on June 12. There have been 16 other coronavirus deaths throughout the world, mostly in Middle Eastern countries.
A second coronavirus death, in the United Arab Emirates, happened this week, and the WHO’s director-general said that it was possible the virus was also responsible for the death of two people in Saudi Arabia this week. The patients are critically ill with liver complications. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a CNN interview that he expects to see new cases emerge of infected people in the United States, including children, over the next few weeks. Frieden urged individuals with symptoms similar to those experienced by the virus’s victims to contact their doctors, rather than spreading the virus.
A new Guardian analysis showed that a girl from Saudi Arabia who attended a medical school in the United States may have contracted the virus. In its report, the paper notes that “in rare instances, including this one, coronaviruses can spread among adults as well as patients with current or past infections.”
In the United States, the CDC recommends that those 55 and older get flu shots and for anyone who develops influenza-like symptoms to see a doctor.
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