The Coronavirus

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The Coronavirus spreading.

Kathleen Gibson, Staff Writer

The number one story that is going around lately is the Coronavirus.A Coronavirus by definition is one of a group of viruses that causes diseases in mammals and birds. The coronavirus that is facing us these days is a respiratory illness that originally broke out in Wuhan, Hubei Province China. This virus has now reached the U.S. due to it being so contagious and the way traveling is compacted everywhere. The symptoms of this virus include a stuffy nose, cough, and a sore throat and can cause ear infections in children. Although it is scary that this virus spreads so quickly the treatment for this illness is just rest and over the counter medication for symptoms. This virus is being closely regulated, so anyone coming from or to Wuhan, China has to go through a health inspection to prove you are cleared to travel somewhere else and so that they can regulate where this disease goes and try to prevent  it all together.

The first confirmation of the Coronavirus being in the U.S. was on January 30th and it was announced as a public health emergency on January 31st. The president of the United states then signed a proclamation of suspension of entry in the U.S. meaning no one that even shows a small sign of the Coronavirus can enter the U.S.. They believe this virus first originated in bats and moved to other animals. So in Wuhan, China they have many animal markets which is where this disease is believed to have spread. So far there have been 42,708 diagnosed causes of the Coronavirus in China with the death toll surpassing 1,017 in China alone. In the U.S. there have been thirteen confirmed causes of this illness. So remember to wash your hands and don’t be afraid to go to the doctor when you don’t feel 100% because the last thing you want to do is give this to your friends or family.