The Coronavirus: An in-depth look

The Coronavirus: An in-depth look

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Within the last week or so of 2019, a few officials saw what was the beginning of a new virus in Asia: a specific strand of the coronavirus (a virus that comes from animals) that would later be known as COVID-19, because of the year it was found. The specific location that the virus was discovered in was Wuhan, China. This fact, however, is by no means “confirmation” that it is the “Chinese Virus”; that is merely where it was found. Over the course of January, we saw the virus spread all over Asia, to the point in which the country went on lockdown! We saw thousands get sick, and hundreds of people die. Children were put out of school, adults were put out of work, and even flights to the country were canceled. However, as it got better over there, it got worse everywhere else. 

Countries saw the slow progression of the disease spread from the continent, to country, and to now, individual states. At first, the virus may have been all memes and jokes, but now it has proceeded to threaten global quarantine. Many people may have heard the term “social distancing”, staying 6 feet apart from the nearest person, and not congregating in groups larger than 5 people. But it’s become so much more: with everything closing from movie theatres, to restaurants, to schools, and now countries! Borders have been closing nations, flights are being canceled, travel bans are being put in place. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this global pandemic has changed our lives entirely.

Now, sitting in your house all day may feel like doing nothing, but scientists all over the world can tell you that you’re doing the most that you can right now. By stopping person-to-person contact, we’re slowing the rapid spread of a potentially fatal disease. Even though COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that is very dangerous to people with underlying lung conditions or the elderly, anyone can contract the virus! The symptoms vary from flu-like symptoms to the common cold, however: sneezing IS NOT one of them (medicineexplained). 

For more information, visit the CDC website (center for disease control), and always remember: “cough or sneeze, cover it please!”