The Coronavirus Outbreak

Recent news has been all about the recent outbreak of a new coronavirus.

The new coronavirus has made the news because of the concern of the outbreak.

The new coronavirus has made the news because of the concern of the outbreak.

Andrew Chouinard, Staff Writer

There has been a mini-outbreak of a virus that originated in China. The virus was discovered when a person returned to Seattle, Washington from Wuhan, China. Currently, there have been 17 deaths. Investigators have linked the virus to a family of viruses called the Coronaviruses. Also, scientists have just now discovered how the virus originated and how it is transmitted as well as how bad the symptoms are. As of January 22, there have been over 440 cases diagnosed, some of which are health workers who have been infected with the virus which means it is transmitted through human to human contact. But some may wonder what the actual symptoms of the virus are. The virus “causes fever, fatigue, sore throat, and dry cough in the early stages of the virus” (The Telegraph). These symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases which makes it difficult to control. This new virus is part of a family of viruses called the Coronaviruses. 7 of them have been found in humans which only causes cold-like symptoms. But two of the virus that has been found (Mers and Sars) have killed more than 1,500 people. People might also wonder how it is transmitted. Well, just like a common cold, it is spread through coughs or sneezes as well as if a person touches a contaminated surface. The mini outbreak probably is not something to worry about, but it is still something to watch for because it has killed people.