The Coronavirus

The+Coronavirus

Calena Lopez, Staff Writer

We’ve all heard of it, whether it be from a friend or family member or by watching the news, it’s the talk of the town or to be exact the talk of the world. The coronavirus isn’t anything new to us; in fact in the early 2000’s two major strands of the virus named SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) spread like wildfire, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing nearly 800. The virus is back stronger and descending from a different strand of the coronavirus already talking many lives in its path to destruction.

With the virus being so destructive and ruthless, people can’t help but ask, exactly where did this strand come from and what did it come from? After searching for many grueling weeks trying to pinpoint the origin of this strand, scientists may have just found out EXACTLY where it originated from. Nailed down to the point, the virus is said to be from a food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where from there it continues to spread. In China, around 81 people have died from the virus and the number infected is growing by the days. More than 2,700 other people have been infected in more than a dozen countries, including five confirmed cases in the United States. With the actual amount of people infected in the United States unknown, state officials are now testing certain individuals. Now being able to pinpoint where it came from, people want to know what it came from. Because this virus can come from many animals including camels and bats, it’s hard to extract what animal is came from, as we also have to consider the fact that this market in China was selling many meats from exotic animals including peacock and koala, along with that meat being in close contact with live animals as chickens for sale and seafood to be sold.

With this virus at hand, people need to be aware of what they are touching and eating, and most importantly who they are making contact with. Since this strand is new, we don’t know too much about it and how bad it can really be. All we can do is be careful and hope for the best.