BOSTON – Health officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts said there are now 41 cases of the Coronavirus in the state.
But of the 41, cases, 40 are “presumed positive” and only one positive confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
Of the 41 cases, 32 are associated with a Biogen seminar in Boston.
Although the risk to Massachusetts residents of the coronavirus is low, the risk for influenza is currently high.
Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
Coronavirus has been identified in 19 states, according to the CDC. There are cases in every New England state but Maine.
Massachusetts still has more than 700 individuals in a 14-day self-quarantine.
Certain populations are more susceptible to the virus than others, including those with lung and heart diseases and diabetic individuals.
It is important to keep in mind that far, far more individuals have contacted the flu than the coronavirus, but there is no vaccine for the coronavirus.
Massachusetts was experiencing a significantly higher than normal number of flu cases in 2020