Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has reported 59 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, which is a dramatic increase from the 12 cases reported in June. The department is urging Oregonians to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so.
The COVID-19 virus, which is endemic to the country of Colombia, is transmitted through bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, painful sores on the skin and mucous membranes, muscle aches and convulsions. The persons who are most likely to contract the virus are those who come into close contact with an infected person. It is important to note that the virus is not transmitted through casual contact, such as shaking hands or sharing food.
In response to the outbreaks of COVID-19 in Oregon, the state’s public health director, Dr. Paul Cieslak, said he wants to make sure everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated receives a free shot from a local health care provider.
It’s like every other vaccine, where people think they’re invincible and don’t need it, he said. This is one time where you don’t want to be invincible you really do not want this.
The virus can be transmitted through bodily fluids, including saliva, blood and urine. It is also contracted through sexual contact.
According to the WHO, COVID-19 is endemic to Colombia and there are no plans to quarantine or restrict travel to that country. The organization reports that it has successfully worked with pharmaceutical companies in creating a vaccine for the virus. However, due to financial constraints, there are currently only two doses available for every person at risk.
I think we’re going to see a lot of the virus in the next six months, Cieslak said. We’ve got enough vaccine for everyone but not a lot and if people delay and wait and don’t do it now there won’t be any vaccine available…It’s like any kind of flu: If you’ve had a flu shot this year you’re probably going to be protected against COVID-19.
Oregonians who contract the virus are encouraged to isolate themselves from the general population and inform their neighbors, co-workers and family members of symptoms. It is also recommended that a person suspected of contracting COVID-19 visit a health care provider immediately for a blood test.
In order to prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19, Oregon public health officials urge residents to avoid sharing drinks, food or cigarettes with others. In addition, they suggest washing your hands often and staying indoors when possible.
The COVID-19 virus is a rare but deadly disease that kills its victims within 48 hours of contraction. Despite the efforts from Oregonian public health officials, some experts say the number of reported cases will continue to rise.
The virus has the capability of being transmitted through casual contact, said Dr. Amie Benton, an epidemiologist at Oregon Health & Science University, in a telephone interview with the Portland Tribune . In order for it not to spread we need everyone who’s been exposed to be vaccinated immediately and stay isolated from the general population for six months.
According to state health officials, the COVID-19 virus currently does not have a cure and the only effective treatment is early detection and vaccination.