UNITED NATIONS -- When financial markets collapsed and the world faced its last great crisis in 2008, major powers worked together to restore the global economy.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has been striking for the opposite response: There's been no leader, no united action to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed over 200,000 people.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked leaders of the world's 20 richest countries in late March to adopt a “war-time” plan” and cooperate on the global response to suppress the virus.
There was no response and Guterres continues to warn of a “lack of leadership."
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.