The spread of the Coronavirus
People across the globe are being impacted by the Coronavirus. Tens of thousands of people have been infected, and around 1,300 have died in relation to the virus. This virus is not new to scientists but has imposed many new threats. The Coronavirus has been the talk of the world due to its effects on people’s lives and possible economic deprivation. News reports are coming out daily about the state of this virus, keeping it on everyone’s minds. Thankfully scientists are working around the clock to find a cure.
Although the Coronavirus epidemic seems recent, the virus itself has been acknowledged since the 1960s. It originally came from and passed through animals. The Coronavirus was first viewed as the simple flu and could infect the respiratory system in children and was not a threat to their lives. Now seven strains of the Coronavirus have been discovered, four of which are common to humans. The strain that’s spreading around the world is identified as SARS-CoV-2 which causes the virus COVID-19. The first case of this strain was found in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and eventually spread throughout the Middle East. In 2019 the Coronavirus came back more threatening and contagious. There are nineteen cases of this outbreak in twenty-nine global locations. Some countries include; the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, and Australia.
Although the Coronavirus has cases around the world, that does not make it a major threat to the rest of the population. The only people who have this virus have traveled out of the country, mostly to and from China. Another certainty of the Coronavirus is the people who have died from it were in poor health beforehand. They were already at a high risk to the virus. The mortality rate is only 2%, and in comparison the flu it is less than 1%. The flu had caused 16,000 deaths and 280,000 hospilizations in the last year. With that being considered, the coronavirus is slightly more threatening than the common flu. There is more to the coronavirus threat to the population like its threat to the economy.
There is an expected decline in manufacturing due to quarantine in Asia. China will come out with the official numbers by the end of the week. China’s president Xi Jinping assures the world that this will be short-term and under control. Although, if the virus continues to spread it would become more critical on the world’s trade and manufacturing. Italian officials amplified the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus in the past week after finding 630 new cases. Airlines are being affected as well. The International Air Transport Association has stated they suffered a $29.3 billion revenue loss. Jaguar Land Rover factories in Britain alarmingly could run out of car parts by the end of the weekend. Many manufactures suffer from similar concerns.
A symptom is the first sign of a disease that physically or mentally affects the person who is contaminated. The Coronavirus has symptoms such as fever, bad coughing, and difficult breathing. It also can cause the lung disease pneumonia. Symptoms can show up between two to fourteen days. Given that the coronavirus is a virus then antibiotics are ineffective since they only work on bacterial diseases. There aren’t any antiviral vaccines that would work against its flu-like symptoms. There are ways to prevent catching this virus like frequently washing your hands with soap. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Keep a three-foot distance from anyone with fever symptoms. Staying clean and healthy is the best way to prevent this virus. The stronger you keep your immune system the less risk you are at.
“I think companies are looking at it [COVID-19] in a way they hadn’t looked at it before because I think the disease itself is convincing people this has a potential to be around for a while,” stated Paige Cunningham, a Washington Post journalist. The advancements of the Coronavirus are being updated each day. From its effect on each person in different parts of the world to its effects on the world’s economic flow. It brings many questions for the future.