The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website has a map that is regularly updated that gives a variety of data regarding COVID-19 in Kansas.
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Yes. The strains are identified as Type L and Type S. Type L is a more aggressive strain of the virus and accounts for 70% of cases, and appears to be more prevalent in early outbreaks. Type S is older and less aggressive, accounting for 30% of cases and becomes more prevalent as an outbreak progresses. These strains are still being analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization and require further study.
You can use this chart (PDF) when people talk about their symptoms.
Do not use surgical masks or N95 masks. These masks are considered specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) and should be reserved for first responders and health care workers to protect from serious injuries or illnesses while doing their jobs. If you have supplies of PPE, consider donating them.
Homemade masks are NOT meant to replace proven public health strategies like staying home, social distancing and practicing good hygiene, which are all still the best ways to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. If used correctly, masks are simply another tool to help people who may have the virus -- but don’t know it -- from transmitting it to others.
To use a homemade mask safely and effectively, remember this helpful acronym: M.A.S.K.M = Multi-layered, tightly-woven 100% cotton --180+ thread count. Don’t buy surgical or N95 masks.A = Avoid your face. Never touch the front of the mask. Always remove it from behind your head.S = Scrap it if it’s damaged, soiled or doesn’t fit. Make sure it’s breathable and fits snug. Don’t use while it’s damp, wet or dirty.K = Keep the mask and your hands clean. Wash your hands before and after use. Wash or dispose the mask after every use.
Learn how to make a mask.
Learn about children and masks.