What is the Coronavirus?

What is the Coronavirus?

Penelope K. , staff writer


*Information is a bit old, but still relevant*

          The CoronaVirus is a virus that is going around in Wuhan,China. There have been reports that there are CoronaVirus cases in the U.S and other countries around the world.

What is the CoronaVirus?

          The CoronaVirus is a virus infection in your nose, sinuses, and or upper throat. The CoronaVirus can spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do. Symptoms of CoronaVirus may be runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes fever.


Effects of the CoronaVirus and Who has been affected?

           In China, the death count is around 170. According to one source, there are 7,711 confirmed cases in China as of January 29. According to cnn.com, there are 8,100 cases, 213 of which have been closed cases, as of January 30 (article was written then; those are the number of people who have died) Infections have spread to 15 other countries. The Uk, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, and New Zealand are expected to put all their evacuees into quarantine for two weeks to monitor them for any symptoms and to avoid any contagion. Most of the confirmed cases (nearly 8,000) are in Wuhan, China. There was a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine on the Coronavirus (of 425 cases). The results were:

  •  55% diagnosed with the CoronaVirus came from the seafood and animal market. Those who were not from the animal and seafood industry caught it from others who were infected. 
  • The average age of people infected were 59 years old and 56% of them were men. 
  • Almost half the 425 cases were adults 60 years of age or older
  • Human-to Human transmission among close contact(s) has occurred since the middle of December
  • In the early stages, the CoronaVirus doubled in size in one week
  • 89% of the patients were not hospitalized until at least 5 days with the illness 

What does this mean?

           This means based on the research, the coronavirus has been targeting older men. If there are 8,100 confirmed cases, (January 30) then this number is higher than the number of the SARS epidemic, (2002-2003), however the current case fatality rate, is around 2% smaller than SARS’ 9.6% mortality rate. There have been reports that say the death toll has reached 1,000 or more. Also, note that there are many sources telling what the number of confirmed cases, (it always varies from source to source because there might be biased sources, and or sources which chose not to disclose information on the Coronavirus.)

What is SARS?

              According to a search on google on “What is SARS?”, SARS (which stands for Severe acute respiratory syndrome) “is an infectious disease with symptoms including fever and cough and in some cases progressing to pneumonia and respiratory failure. It is caused by a coronavirus.”

Why is this such a big problem?

         The Coronavirus is such a big problem because for one it is “new”, but it also has killed many people and has caused evacuation and quarantine procedures to go in action. People in China were also concerned because the Coronavirus was happening during Chinese New Year, which is a big part of Chinese Culture.Note, just because it is new, doesn’t mean it’s the only thing going around that is big. There is also the flu going, which now is the flu season, so be aware since flu is able to kill a significant number of people every year. (So get your medicine ASAP.)

What should you do?

          You should make sure to always wash your hands, avoid contact with your face, cover your mouth when coughing, sneezing. If you sneeze or cough into your hand, you should immediately wash your hands. You should avoid contact with people who are sick, especially those who are coughing, sneezing, and or have a fever. You might want to avoid products that come from Chinese markets, (but you don’t need to because there aren’t many cases yet in the U.S., maybe just avoid fish from Chinese markets.) Also, you can get your flu shot, (and or any other necessary vaccinations) at the doctors. You should perform dental hygiene, (have a dental hygiene plan), and shower everyday or every other day.