Federal health expert gives advice on coronavirus

Retired Assistant Surgeon General Pamela Schweitzer said Mississippians do not have much to worry about at this point concerning the coronavirus.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 11:13 PM
Updated: Feb 29, 2020 6:22 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Retired Assistant Surgeon General Pamela Schweitzer said Mississippians do not have much to worry about at this point concerning the coronavirus.

"Right now for Mississippians, it's a low risk," said Schweitzer, who was asked about the virus during her visit to Ole Miss Friday where she gave a lecture about the pharmacy profession.

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Still, local hospitals and clinics are preparing, especially since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week said the spread of the virus in the United States was inevitable and encouraged businesses, communities and hospitals to start getting ready just in case.

The retired rear admiral did offer advice on how you can prepare for the coronavirus.

One, get the flu shot if you have not already.

Two, wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds when you are out in public.

Three, know that the symptoms are very similar to a common cold.

And finally, if you are sick, stay home and away from groups of people.

However, she assured everyone that the U.S. is well prepared to handle the virus.

"I had a whole career in the federal government, and I can tell you there are a lot of people right now that are working together, and I am very confident in our government," said Schweitzer.

She said the greatest risk for Mississippians is traveling.

"So if they're not traveling right now, they shouldn't have anything to worry about," said Schweitzer.

Health professionals advise someone who suspects having the coronavirus to not go straight to the doctor or the hospital. Instead, call the doctor or hospital before going anywhere.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 113876

Reported Deaths: 3238
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7894177
DeSoto693279
Harrison512983
Jackson450384
Rankin389486
Madison381293
Lee351479
Forrest300778
Jones289184
Washington256499
Lafayette248343
Lauderdale2437134
Lamar224238
Oktibbeha200854
Bolivar200477
Neshoba1842111
Lowndes178362
Panola169139
Leflore165887
Sunflower160949
Warren154355
Monroe148172
Pontotoc146119
Marshall141229
Lincoln138957
Pike138256
Copiah136936
Coahoma124936
Scott124929
Yazoo121733
Grenada121638
Simpson121249
Union117425
Tate116039
Leake114640
Holmes114460
Pearl River112959
Itawamba112225
Adams107343
Prentiss104819
Wayne100821
Alcorn98712
George97918
Covington97026
Marion94642
Tippah88922
Newton85627
Chickasaw84026
Tallahatchie84025
Winston83321
Hancock81628
Tishomingo80041
Attala79026
Clarke74351
Clay68421
Jasper67917
Walthall63827
Calhoun62212
Noxubee59617
Smith59116
Montgomery54323
Claiborne53716
Tunica52917
Yalobusha52614
Lawrence51214
Perry48723
Carroll48012
Greene47318
Stone46414
Humphreys42816
Amite42113
Quitman4196
Jefferson Davis40511
Webster37013
Wilkinson33720
Benton3335
Kemper32215
Sharkey28314
Jefferson27510
Franklin2403
Choctaw2056
Issaquena1074
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22988375
Mobile16788315
Tuscaloosa10235140
Montgomery9978197
Madison922894
Shelby727463
Baldwin661569
Lee651765
Marshall437249
Calhoun422461
Etowah421450
Morgan407135
Houston371734
DeKalb336029
Elmore317353
St. Clair289142
Limestone279730
Walker275593
Talladega263635
Cullman239925
Lauderdale218042
Jackson212515
Franklin203231
Autauga203030
Colbert198731
Russell19283
Blount191125
Dallas186327
Chilton185832
Coffee173211
Escambia172230
Covington171429
Dale166551
Chambers134343
Clarke133617
Pike132713
Tallapoosa131387
Marion107129
Barbour10129
Butler100240
Marengo100222
Winston91913
Geneva8617
Lawrence83732
Pickens83618
Bibb82514
Randolph82016
Hale75830
Clay73612
Washington73412
Cherokee73114
Lowndes70428
Monroe64510
Henry6436
Bullock63917
Crenshaw60330
Perry5856
Fayette56913
Wilcox56412
Conecuh56013
Cleburne5518
Macon53020
Lamar4745
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
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