The Newest Disease of the Century: The Coronavirus

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Ella Mago, Shark Story Editor

The Coronavirus is an ongoing outbreak, originating from China, but currently making a strong name for itself internationally. It is a respiratory virus named after the spikes appearing from its membrane, representing the sun’s corona. The virus has the ability to cause illnesses regarding the respiratory tract, which range from a cold to severe conditions such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

The source of the first outbreaks of the Coronavirus appeared in a seafood and wild animal market located in Wuhan, China. To this day, the virus has been recorded to be present in eleven other countries, including Australia, Japan, France, South Korea, and the United States.

Health authorities in China have stated that there are currently 132 deaths and at least 6000 people infected by the virus.

Officials have shut down transportation links connected to affected cities, including Wuhan. Schools, major attractions, and festivals have also been temporarily closed.

U.S. citizens are warned by federal health officials to avoid visiting and travelling to China due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

There have been five confirmed cases of the Coronavirus that have been discovered in the United States. One patient confirmed with the virus in Chicago, one in Washington State, one in Arizona, and two found in California. There are more than 100 patients being tested for the virus, and all patients confirmed with the virus have reported to have recently traveled to China.

As of today, the central treatment for the virus is supportive care. Through supportive care, those tending to the patient are sure they are receiving enough oxygen and are utilizing a ventilator, when necessary, in order to push air into the lungs. Although no drugs or medication have been approved for curing the Coronavirus, researchers have discovered that Remdesivir, an antiviral medication, appears to be successful in curing the virus in animals.