The Coronavirus: A Worldwide Epidemic or Just the Exaggeration of the Common Flu?

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It's been recommended that if a person has the following symptoms they should see a doctor.

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Parker Cameron, Staff Writer

The Coronavirus is the new big story, or so it seems. This widespread virus is ravaging parts of China and is just starting to spread to the U.S. but is the Coronavirus as deadly as it seems? The origins of the Coronavirus started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China where the virus originally inhabited in bats but quickly spread to the surrounding humans. After this, the virus started to spread from human to human and this is where the virus took off from China to other countries.

What really makes the Coronavirus so dangerous is that it is easily transmittable. There have been reported cases all over the world, including in the U.S. and Canada. Symptoms of the Coronavirus include fever, cough, and sore throat. Although this the virus has made its way to the U.S, it has been contained and it seems that people with weak immune systems are at greater risk for more dire consequences.

As of Tuesday, February 4th, there have been reported cases of the Coronavirus in the United States. There have been reported deaths in other countries such as Italy and Iran, from this virus and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Most of the serious cases of the virus are older people with weaker immune systems. When you contact the virus, it has a 10 to 14 day incubation period where the virus is still contagious.

This virus seems so bad that China is running out of beds to house the sick. Although this virus seems to be threatening us the United States is taking many precautions to prevent the spread of this virus, including isolating people who have gotten sick from this virus. So as of now, we have nothing to worry about, but only time can tell how long we can keep this disease from spreading.