by ANJALEIGH HART
This past week news outlets and social media have been bombarded by information concerning the Coronavirus. Social media has been taken over by worry and concern with the deadly virus being at the center of it all. Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then the province has been completely quarantined and those who have tested positive for the virus have been transported to makeshift hospitals.
The Coronavirus has now spread to 17 countries. Though, there have been no deaths reported in any country, other than China. The countries that have confirmed cases are as follows: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and Vietnam.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, recently confirmed that there are cases in the United States. As of Jan. 27, there have been a total of five confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States. All the patients had recently traveled to Wuhan. There are two current cases in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one in Illinois. The CDC recently put out a statement saying that the risk to the U.S. is still very low. Though, there are still hundreds being tested for Coronavirus upon return to the U.S.
Several countries have begun to make the decision of cancelling all flights going in or out of China. British Airways has indefinitely stopped all of their flights with China, while other airlines have begun to either cancel a few or scale back on flights involving China. The airlines have issued statements saying that they believe this will help to contain the virus from spreading to more countries.
Many countries have expressed concern as some of the confirmed cases outside of China have been released that some of the patients have not traveled to China. This has increased worry and fear as the mysterious disease may also be being transmitted from human to human, and may even be carried by animals. This would make the illness easy to spread, which has resulted in more attention and a following on social media.
Some countries have begun to talk about setting up quarantine centers in order to help contain the illness from spreading. This has caused backlash from the public in some countries, for example China who recently proposed turning old factories into makeshift quarantine centers until the spread of the Coronavirus begins to decrease. While other countries such as New Zealand have decided not to quarantine the areas that have had confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.
There are several live pages that are up that have been continuously updating the world as the virus continues to spread around the world. These pages have been made to help keep people informed and give them a sense of safety. People have also been looking to social media for updates on the virus as well. There have been two sites that currently have live pages up that have been posting updates with every update that the CDC has released. For more information on these sites, you can visit: