I know you’ve all seen the widespread disease that is sweeping the world. The coronavirus. It started in China and has quite quickly moved onto cruise ships and planes and crossed over into the United States territory, but this virus is affecting so many other places too. So far America, China, Europe, Italy, Iran, and South Korea have had cases of the disease and others too. Many states in the U.S. have taken early precautions for safety. For example the governor of New York City has taken and set aside $40 million to prepare for the possible infections. A long with two european hotels that have been put on lockdown after some of the guests tested positive for the virus. A third hotel was also on lockdown for several hours but then was lifted.
An Australian ski resort was also put on lockdown when an Italian employee tested positive for the virus. Other places also had guests from Italy who tested positive as well. It is also said that the infected Italians had recently visited near the Lombardy area of the country. Many doctors and researchers have stated that ways to prevent getting the virus include, avoiding close contact with people that are sick, avoiding touching the eyes, mouth, and nose, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and wearing a facemask if needed. One of the biggest things to do to help prevent catching it is washing your hands and disinfecting places that are commonly touched by multiple people. It is also said that there is no specific cure for the virus yet. Researchers have found that the way it spreads is from person to person and spreads also by contact with surfaces.
Some symptoms for this virus are having a fever, a cough, and having shortness of breath. The CDC says that these symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Also the scientific name that it’s been given is COVID-19. According to the CDC this wording means “‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.” Trump has also currently but Vice President Mike Pence in charge of telling the public the updates and responses to the virus. Along with this so far there have been over 60 cases of the virus but none of them fatal yet.
Story by Hadley Wallace