Corona Virus Outbreak

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Chloe Housley, Writer

A new year brings in a new sickness and this year it’s the coronavirus. The virus feels like the average flu, a fever, cough, and shortness of breath but it is much more than that. So far there have been 81,187 confirmed cases according to the Johns Hopkins virus dashboard. There are 15 reported cases of the virus in the U.S.

 

There is still a lot left to learn about the virus. Health and science reporter, Donald G. McNeil Jr. from The New York Times shares what he knows in Reporting on the Coronavirus: Spreading Truth, Not Panic by Alex Traub: “We know it can kill people. We know it’s not nearly as lethal as MERS or SARS but we don’t know where exactly it falls between.” In 2003 the SARS epidemic was spreading rapidly and killing hundreds but the coronavirus has managed to surpass the SARS death toll in China.

 

“We know this virus is much more transmissible than SARS or MERS,” McNeil continues. Both viruses can be contracted from human-to-human contact and respiratory droplets such as coughs or sneezes. “We know it’s not nearly as lethal as MERS or SARS but we don’t know where exactly it falls between,” McNeil finishes.

 

 According to the CDC, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no current treatment. The CDC is taking steps to help prevent the pandemic from becoming even more devastating: “There is an abundance of pandemic guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic that is being repurposed and adapted for a COVID-19 pandemic.” As of now, 33,277 individuals have recovered after having a confirmed case of the disease.

 

The future effects of this virus are still unknown. Researchers are working hard to minimize the death toll as best as they can. Mcneil works to “spread the truth instead of panic.”