Branching from China, the coronavirus is spreading from country to country. Does this mean US citizens need to worry?

Natalie Stafford, Staff Writer

Updated 3/10/20 

Due to coronavirus, the worldwide spread of the illness has risen to 114,000 reported cases and has impacted death tolls greatly. Globally, the death toll has risen to over 4,000 as of March 10, 2020. 

In the US, the stock market took a tumble on March 9, 2020. The market dropped around 20 percent, which is the largest decline since the Persian Gulf War. The market lost around $5 trillion in stock. 

There are over 700 confirmed cases in the US, but US officials warn that the number is higher. Hospitals have been experiencing limited face masks. 

Updated 3/3/20 

There are currently 100 open coronavirus cases in the US with the illness affecting 15 of the 50 states. There have been two confirmed cases in Georgia, while the newest states to come down with coronavirus is New Hampshire.

Along with the increase of cases in the US, the death toll of the illness has risen. Over the weekend of 3/1/20, six Washington residents passed away. 

Four of the victims were from the same nursing home. Here, 50 of the other residents who show symptoms of coronavirus are being tested for the sickness. 

The public health officer of King County, Washington, Jeff Duchin said that the Washington officials plan to see the death toll and cases rise. Other officials of the county have said they plan to convert an isolated motel to host coronavirus patients.

Globally, the death toll and number of cases have risen as well. Ninety thousand people have been infected with coronavirus, and about 3,100 people have died. 

3/1/20

Branching from China, the coronavirus is spreading from country to country. Does this mean US citizens need to worry? 

Worldwide there have been over 83,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including over 2,500 deaths linked to the disease. In the US, there were 53 total cases of coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 32 countries including China that have a coronavirus outbreak. 

On Feb. 29, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that coronavirus had taken its first victim. The victim was in her late 50s and resided in Washington State.

According to Trump, there are a total of 22 ongoing cases of coronavirus in the United States. Four of these patients are very ill with the disease. However, Trump said, “Thankfully, 15 are either recovered or on their way to recovery.” 

Trump said that there are likely going to be more coronavirus cases in the US, but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover. The older and less healthy a person is, the more likely they are to contract the disease and even die. 

When the coronavirus outbreak occurred in China, the United States was one of the first countries to act. The first step was to prohibit American citizens from going to China or other countries that had an outbreak of the virus. 

How can it spread? 

Coronavirus can spread in two main ways: person-to-person and contact with objects and surfaces that have the virus. This can be through close contact with people who have the disease, though it is more common for that to happen in Hubei, China.

Symptoms: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Cough 
  • Fever 

How it can be prevented:

There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus, although the US is working on one. Preventing coronavirus is almost as easy as preventing the common cold. Washing hands, covering sneezes and coughs, and not touching eyes, mouth or nose are key in preventing coronavirus. In addition, a precaution includes not traveling to China or increasingly coronavirus prevalent countries. 

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