There are now at least 1,165,300 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, the most worldwide
At least 68,500 people in the U.S. have died from a coronavirus-related illness
The U.S. has the most cases and deaths in the world, with over 1 million cases as of April 28
Worldwide, there are now 3,529,408 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 248,025 deaths
Italy officially surpassed China in number of deaths related to the virus on March 19, but on April 11, the U.S. became the country with the most deaths

The first cases of a mysterious respiratory illness — what is now known as COVID-2019, a form of coronavirus — began in Wuhan, China in late December. Since then, the virus has spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, the first since the zika epidemic in 2016.

At first, this coronavirus was contained to China, but Wuhan is a major transportation hub with hundreds of flights leaving and landing from the city of 11 million each day. Soon, as people flew from the area to different countries, the coronavirus reached more countries, including the United States.

As of the morning of May 4, there have been at least 1,165,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and 67,700 deaths related to the virus, according to The New York Times. The U.S. now has the highest number of cases worldwide by a large margin, though the true numbers are likely far higher because sufficient testing has not been available.

The first case was found in Everett, Washington, just outside of Seattle, in a man who had recently returned from Wuhan. The number of cases grew slowly from there, with a total of just 14 over the course of about a month, but as February came to an end, the virus began to spread more rapidly in communities across the U.S.

On Feb. 26, California health officials announced the first case of community spread — meaning someone had contracted coronavirus despite no recent travel and had likely unknowingly come in contact with someone with the disease. From there, the number of U.S. cases jumped up, particularly in densely-populated areas like New York and Michigan.
The first death in the U.S. was initially believed to be on Feb. 29, in a Washington state woman in her 50s with pre-existing health conditions. But in April, California health officials determined that the first known death due to the virus actually occurred weeks earlier, on Feb. 6, in a 57-year-old woman from San Jose.

At the end of April, several states began allowing businesses to reopen, despite warnings from health experts that social distancing is still needed to avoid a resurgence of infections.

The CDC also says that the best prevention methods, other than social distancing, are basic forms of hygiene — careful handwashing, avoiding touching the face, moving away from people who are coughing or sneezing, and staying home at signs of illness. As of April 3, the health agency also recommended that Americans wear masks when going outside.

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