41 coronavirus cases identified in state including 5 in western Massachusetts


(WWLP) – There are 41 cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, according to data released by the state department of public health Monday. 

Public Health officials said the 41 cases of the coronavirus include one confirmed case and 40 presumptive cases. Out of the 41 cases in the state, five have been identified in Berkshire County, 15 in Middlesex County, 10 in Norfolk County, 10 in Suffolk County and one in Worcester CountyEighteen are women and 23 are men

The data also shows that four people were hospitalized and 37 were not hospitalized. Four of the cases are travel-related, 32 are Biogen employees or by contact and five are under investigation. 

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Doctors and medical experts are now calling the coronavirus a pandemic. The respiratory illness has infected hundreds of thousands of people across the world and has killed more than 3,000. The CDC said it’s possible for you to become infected after touching an infected surface.

“I don’t want to catch it so like I don’t really shake hands much anymore, I don’t I usually just tap their shoes or something to say what’s up,” said Shaheen Shabazz, a Springfield student. I wash my hands, I use hand sanitizer.”

The coronavirus death rate is about 3 percent right now, but it was much higher with SARS and MERS. It comes down to just how contagious it is. Co-vid 19 has been spreading around the world more quickly than most of the big-name viruses of the past few decades.

The coronavirus has the world on edge as we continue to see more outbreaks globally. Local doctors said the coronavirus is much more contagious than previous viruses that have led to outbreaks. The swine flu pandemic of 2009 had a global death rate of just .2 percent.

“The coronavirus has spread much more widely than Ebola or SARS ever did,” Dr. Ira Helfand at the Family Medical Care. “The coronavirus has spread across the entire world already and it’s spreading rapidly and there are already a large number of cases here in the U.S. and that number is going to grow dramatically over the next few weeks.”

Dr. Helfand said they are hopeful a coronavirus vaccine will be available within two years. Until then, he said keeping your hands clean is the best way to protect yourself.

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