The coronavirus. The global pandemic that has taken a hold on everyone’s lives. It started in China in November and has now spread across the entire world, with around 360,000 cases worldwide, 30,000 of those in the US. It is a virus similar to the flu, causing respiratory problems. It has caused businesses to shut down, schools to close, and historic economic declines, along with people being ordered not to see each other and stay inside their homes. One of the most dangerous things about the virus is how little we know about it, but the biggest question on people’s minds is; When will the virus end?
According to The New York Times, the virus can only be stopped by harsh steps, the most important of which is limiting contact with people and staying at home. China, the first country the virus appeared in, has just now started to recover and see a decrease in cases. The first cases appeared there in November. If we follow the same procedures that China did to limit the spread of the virus, that means that the outbreak will see an end sometime around June or July. According to The Boston Globe, the peak of the virus is only a few weeks away in Boston, one of the most heavily influenced cities in the country. BBC says that even if we see a decrease in cases, the virus will still be prevalent for a long time, possibly years.
So, what can you do to prevent the spread of the virus? The two main precautions that a single person can take are washing your hands and staying at home to avoid large groups of people. In people with stronger immune systems, that virus can infect you without you feeling any effects of it, which makes it possible to spread the disease to people with weaker immune systems. The virus can also stay in your system for a full fourteen days without you knowing it. That means that everyone that you came in contact with in that fourteen day period could also have it, and everyone that they know could also have it. That's why the best option for preventing the disease is to stay at home.
Story by Maddie Tate