Coronavirus Outbreak Update

The Coronavirus has been spreading across some states since December 2019. A coronavirus is a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, this virus can cause respiratory infections which are usually mild, including the common cold. The center of the outbreak and where the virus was first detected at is Wuhan, China, with over 200 deaths, and 9,800 confirmed infections.

The New York Times says that the State Department tells people not to travel to China. Two cases have been confirmed in Britain; Italy reports its first cases, and Thailand reports its first person-to-person transmission. Singapore announced a ban on Chinese visitors and other people who have been to China in the last 14 days. As of right now, Singapore has 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus. On Friday, the government of Mongolia also announced it would close its border with China until March 2 to prevent the virus from spreading there as well.

A lot of nations and airlines are cutting down on travel during this time. Poland’s National airline, LOT Polish Airlines has suspended flights to China until February 9.

States in the US who have possible cases of the virus are Washington, Illinois, California, and Arizona. 36 states tested for the virus, 5 tests came back positive, 68 tests came back negative, and the rest are still pending. It is possible for the virus to continue to spread even with no vaccine for it, according to the CDC there are some ways to prevent it which are to wash hands, avoid touching the face, avoid contact with infected or sick people, stay home when sick, and disinfect frequently touched areas.

Editor’s note: As of February 12, 2020, China has 1,100 confirmed deaths from Coronavirus and over 45,000 cases of the disease. The AP reports case numbers dropped in China for the second straight day.

 

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