A fusion of fear, outrage, and horror has reached the lives of Americans as the Coronavirus has taken center stage among the news, social media, and conversation. Speculated to have started in a food market in Wuhan, China, the virus has escalated quickly and is being transmitted globally. While it is difficult to trace the root of this virus, many scientists have claimed that the outbreak is related to bats. But, new evidence is now supporting that the illegal pangolin trade may also be responsible for the Coronavirus. Nevertheless, it can be said that this virus is unlike any seen before.
What exactly is the Coronavirus, though? Being zoonotic, the virus is able to be transmitted between humans and animals. It is important to note that many who have met their deaths at the hands of the virus were already in poor health. Young children are the most likely to get infected, and those with strong and healthy immune systems have an advantage against the outbreak. The disease can be spread through close contact, the air, or touching an infected surface and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes. To prevent it, it is paramount for people to remember to wash their hands as often as possible. Additionally, to reduce risk, touching the face should be avoided, as well as close contact with those that are sick. “I’ve been very careful these past few weeks. The constant talk of this pervasive virus incites fear within all of us. It is crucial to be aware of our surroundings and constantly wash our hands. The stories I’ve been hearing are crazy, and I hope this virus doesn’t come close to home,” states Junior Samantha Rothschild.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Breathing Difficulties
- Shortness of Breath
- Pneumonia and Organ Failure (more severe signs)
The scariest part of the virus is the fact that it is emblematic of the unknown. “I think that if no one controls it and if there are no measures to stop it, then it’s just going to continue to grow and spread, transforming into something we never thought possible,” says Junior Denise Yudovich. With no vaccines, treatments, and little information, the speed at which the virus is spreading is worrying. Scientists must come to conclusions before it is too late. Junior Yael Algranatti states, “This virus has been all over the news. It’s been spreading so quickly. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s scary that there is no cure and nothing to prevent it. But, for now, all we can do is keep ourselves away from those that are sick and take care of ourselves.” The Coronavirus has taken over the media and is a legitimate cause of concern for people across the globe, but in this time of worry, everyone must take precautions to ensure they build up their immune systems and pray that this nightmare comes to an end before any more lives are lost.