Coronavirus Outbreak



Alexia Perez

What is it?

It is a virus that causes an infection in the nose, sinuses, and upper throat. Some of the symptoms may include a stuffy nose, coughing, and a sore throat. The virus can be spread through infected people coughing and sneezing, touching an infected person’s hands or face, touching an infected object. It takes about 2-14 days to show any symptoms of the virus. There is no vaccine but there is a few things you can do to prevent from catching the virus.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water frequently
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected
  • Make sure to get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated

Outbreak in China

Some of the first cases were initially reported in Wuhan, China. Since then the virus has managed to spread around the world. China has reported more than 200 deaths since the initial outbreak. At least 9,800 people have been infected total. Recently, 2000 new cases have been recorder all over the world. The believed origin of the virus is at a supermarket market in Wuhan. Many animals like snakes, bats, and rabbits are traded there. As of now it is believed that the virus came from bats. Reports of the outbreaks started in late December and early January, eventually this supermarket was shut down to prevent the virus from spreading further but by then it was too late. China is now working hard and diligently to run a hospital for the corona virus.


The first cases originated in China but have been quickly spreading to different parts of the world. Due to this, the World Health Organization has declared a state of emergency. Even though the virus has spread further, there have been no deaths confirmed outside of China. The following countries have all confirmed cases.

  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Finland
  • Macau
  • Russia
  • France
  • The United States
  • South Korea
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Philippines
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Britain
  • Canada

What is being done?

With all the panic going around the world, people are wondering if a vaccine will be developed in order to fight back, against the virus. Scientists and researchers are working on it, but it could take a while before a successful vaccine is found and approved for it to hit the market. Not too much information is known about the severity of the virus at the moment so scientists are basing their thoughts off of previous epidemics. In order to try and limit spreading, Delta Airlines and American Airlines have suspended services to China. Although it may take time to get the virus under control, organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are working fairly quickly to find a solution before the virus can mutate and spread even further.