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Real-time updates: 2 coronavirus deaths among 1,814 test given in Arkansas

Here is a look at the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) headlines from around Arkansas for Thursday, March 26.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — We are continuing to track the latest headlines and updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Arkansas.

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Live updates:

Here are the latest updates from around Arkansas and the world (all times are CT):

March 26 10:18 a.m. - The Arkansas Department of Health is now recommending self home quarantine for 14 days for all travelers from New York State and all international locations.

March 26 9:27 a.m. - The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting 310 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arkansas. Confirmed cases continue to rise in Northwest Arkansas. 

March 26 9:01 a.m. - Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, Secretary of Health will provide an update on the response to coronavirus in Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. in Little Rock Thursday.

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.