Mississippi governor Tate Reeves declares emergency to battle coronavirus

Published 2:14 pm Saturday, March 14, 2020

Mississippi’s governor has declared a state of emergency to help fight back coronavirus in the state.

Gov. Tate Reeves announced the declaration on Saturday.

It will give health officials and administrators needed tools to help prevent the spread of the disease, the governor said.

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Mississippi has six cases of coronavirus.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.