The Coronavirus, a funny meme, right? When someone coughs on another student and someone says, “You have the Coronavirus!” is it just a funny joke? Well, it’s much more than that, and it’s actually kind of scary!
As of February 4, 2020, the second death, outside of mainland China, was confirmed. Everyone in Hong Kong has been wearing masks for fear of catching it. Recently, China reported 425 deaths and the number is constantly growing. There are also reports of 11 cases of the Coronavirus in the U.S. Now you might be asking, “Sure, all this stuff is scary, but what is the Coronavirus?”
The Coronavirus first made its appearance in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. Many think this could have occurred from a seafood market in Wuhan. Though the first reported person with the Coronavirus became ill on December 1, 2019, they had no link to the seafood market. The symptoms appear around 14 days after being exposed to the virus. The symptoms for the Coronavirus are a cough, fever, shortness in breath, or even in rare cases kidney failure and or death. Now, yes this whole thing is scary, but how do you protect yourself from getting the virus?
Well, people all over China have been using masks, but also there are more simple ways of protecting yourself from this disease. You can wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoid touching your eyes or mouth with unwashed hands, staying home if you’re sick, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. All of these are helpful tips, even though the outbreak is basically quarantined in China with few recorded cases in the U.S.
In conclusion, this thing is scary! It has killed more people than we ever thought. Even though the outbreak has barely reached here, people need to remember the ways to combat flu season. Please, stay safe!