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A brief overview of the Coronavirus outbreak

by Betul Duru - Staff Writer
Thu, Feb 6th 2020 05:00 pm

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was reported in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has rapidly spread across the globe. On Thursday, Jan. 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed 7,818 cases world wide, 7,736 of them from China. 

Up to this point, the virus is thought to have been spread from a seafood market located in Wuhan, China. Wild animals were sold at this seafood market. 

“The complex of stalls selling live fish, meat and wild animals is known in the region as a ‘wet market,’” according to NPR. “Researchers believe the new virus probably mutated from a Coronavirus common in animals and jumped over to humans in the Wuhan bazaar. Live fish in open tubs splash water all over the floor. The countertops of the stalls are red with blood as fish are gutted and filleted right in front of the customers’ eyes. Live turtles and crustaceans climb over each other in boxes. Melting ice adds to the slush on the floor. There’s lots of water, blood, fish scales and chicken guts. Things are wet.”

WHO noticed there was something amiss when the number of pneumonia cases increased in Wuhan, China, according to Fox News. 

Although, at first researchers believed the virus spread from snakes, but the latest research points to bats. 

“Researchers analyzed 10 genome sequences of the deadly virus — dubbed 2019-nCoV — obtained from nine patients in China and found they shared more than 99.98% of the same genetic sequence, according to a new study in the journal The Lancet,” according to the New York Post. “The scientists compared the new virus’ genetic sequence with those in a library of viral sequences and discovered that the most closely related viruses were two coronaviruses that originated in bats, according to the study.” 

On Wednesday, Jan. 1, Chinese officials decided to shut down the seafood market as a precaution after the research that was done. 

According to The Guardian, the coronavirus is brand new and doesn’t even have an official name yet. The systems are similar to the flu which is why people that catch it might not notice quickly. 

“The symptoms [are] pretty mundane, dry cough, fever and some breathing problems,” according to The Guardian. 

However, it isn’t as bad as one might think. The media knows about the more severe cases, people who have pneumonia in the end. Most people that have the virus are elderly or have a bad immune system. So far the only young person that has pneumonia is a 13-year-old in China. 

Compared to SARS, the Coronavirus isn’t as deadly. While SARS had a death rate of 10%, the Coronavirus has a death rate of 2%. This can be thanks to the precaution the Chinese government has taken this time. 

So far the U.S. has confirmed eight Coronavirus cases. As a precaution, the government is restricting the entrance of people into the country. 

“Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency Friday,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “He said foreign citizens who have traveled anywhere in China within the past 14 days would be denied U.S. entry, while Americans who visited Hubei province would be quarantined for up to two weeks.”

Nurse Van Lare has ensured that students of The College of Brockport there isn’t anything for us to worry about so far. In an email to the students, she briefly outlined the situation and asked for everyone to be hygienic and seek out help if you think you might have the flu. 

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