News Article: Is the Coronavirus as Bad as We Think?

By Byron C

Masks are worn to stop the spread of illness

       Every 100 years or so, a new deadly illness seems to break out and infect the world. Since the start of 2020 the world has been keeping watch on a new virus in China, the Coronavirus. Over the last few weeks, countries are finally realizing the severity of it. Over 1,100 people have died of it, and thousands are still crammed in overfilled hospitals. But is this the new plague, or is this an over-exaggerated virus?

       After over a month and a half, over 1,100 people have died from this virus. Meanwhile, 8,200 people have died from Influenza since the start of the 2019-2020 flu season, so why is it so significant? Because it is new. While viruses like the flu have vaccines, this new virus doesn’t, so how are people meant to prevent it? That's why so many people are worried because the only way to stop it is to contain it. For many people, loved ones may not be able to get out of China because of the containment system. Yes, on the news the US, UK, Japan etc are rescuing their citizens, but what about the poorer countries who can’t afford or don’t have the political power to get their citizens out of the containment zone? Families could be separated for months!       

       In the past, many viruses started in times with a lot less global travel or down in places like Africa with fewer connections than the west. This time it started in one of the world's most connected countries, so it could spread rapidly. If it did spread rapidly, there would be no medicine to stop it, at least not for the next 18 months. However, you have to remember that the world knows little about this disease, so it could be a lot worse or weaker than we think it is.

       Until the world gets a vaccine, we will be hearing about this disease for months. Until then, 1,000’s of more people could become infected. All we can do is hope that world governments and scientists will come up with a solution to stop it.

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