Coronavirus Catastrophe

from Issue 11


Everyone has been hearing about the Coronavirus lately, but what exactly is it? Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a fever, sore throat, runny nose, and cough, sometimes leading to pneumonia. Some have minor effects similar to the common cold, but sometimes these symptoms can be dangerous. This virus is spread through coughing, sneezing, or even personal contact, such as shaking someone’s hand and then touching your eyes or face.
The Coronavirus has been confirmed to have infected 7,711 people, and 170 people have died from it. Over 50 million people have been quarantined in China, where they can not travel outside their country. This infectious virus is not only in China, as there have been five confirmed cases in the United States, three in France, and one in Germany. Russia has ordered partial closure of its border with China and has limited visas. Australia has also planned to quarantine citizens on a remote island.
The World Health Organization is meeting today to declare the Coronavirus epidemic an international public health emergency. The global health agency met last week but was split about whether to declare an emergency because of not enough information. So stay safe, wash your hands, and be careful around people in hazmat suits