Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus+Outbreak

Kate Noden, Editor in Chief

The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, began to make itself know at the beginning of this year. The virus was first a problem within the borders of China and was believed to have been spread by animal to human contact.

Eventually the virus grew into person to person contact and has now infected over 75,000 people only in China, according to statnews.com. The virus slowly started to make its way out of China and has now reached over 70 countries including the US, Italy, China, the United Kingdom, and more.

Map of Wuhan, China. Where the virus started.
Photo provided by google images

Currently over 90,000 people have the virus worldwide, this number is climbing everyday.

This resulted in travel bans across the globe, with President Trump raising travel bans to avoid countries like Italy and South Korea.

This travel ban has a great affect on our Rosary community, due to the cancellation of the 2020 spring break trip to Italy because of  health circumstances.

Senior Haley Haroutoonian stated, “I was so excited to go visit and travel with not only my mom, who was coming along on the trip, but also my friends. I know the cancellation was only for our safety but it still is sad that the seniors wont get to go.” The trip has been rescheduled to spring break of 2021.

According to aljazeera.com, slightly over 3,000 have died from the coronavirus, 6 of these deaths were from the United States. Citizens of the US are being told not to panic, but to prepare. Precautions are the best way to avoid the virus.

Trio of surgical masks
Photo provided by flickr

Here are some ways to stay healthy provided by the World Health Organization:

  • wash your hands frequently with alcohol based cleanser (alcohol kills the virus)
  • maintain social distancing (3 feet away is the safest distance)
  • avoid touching eyes and mouth
  • practice respiratory hygiene
  • seek medical attention early if you experience symptoms
Wash your hands!
Photo provided by 59 Medical

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? The symptoms are very similar to the average flu and are listed below:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulty

The coronavirus is described as something “not to be afraid of”, within the deadly cases in the US, all patients had weakened immune systems and other underlying health issues.

Grocery and hardware stores have experienced a high increase in sales from the coronavirus. Shelves are left empty as citizens race to get protective masks, wipes and cleaning spray, water, and more. People find comfort in knowing they have the supplies that they need and are prepared.

When those who have the virus test positive, they are moved to quarantine to prevent it from spreading. The CDC, center for disease control and prevention, is hard at work with airport screenings, lab testing, persons under investigations (PUI), and more.

The hope is to see a decline in the number of patients and to find a vaccine for this virus. Until then stay safe and wash your hands.