Wuhan Virus

James Sun

Summary

The Wuhan coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCov is a new respiratory disease that as of February 4, has infected around 20,000 people and 427 people have died. The coronavirus is more contagious than the SARS epidemic of 2002 but so far, it is less fatal. However, that is likely to change in the coming weeks. According to the Chinese government, the overall mortality rate is around 2 percent. The Chinese government does have a history of cover-ups, for example, the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre and the SARS epidemic.

 

Start of the Coronavirus

The origin of the coronavirus can be traced to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Hunan, which sold seafood (obviously) as well as exotic foods, like bats, snakes, and other delicacies of Wuhan. It was shut down on January 1, 2020, but the people who worked there spread the disease within the city. Just ten days later, a man died from the coronavirus. 

 

Quarantines as a result of the Coronavirus

On the 23rd of January, the city of Wuhan was shut down and isolated. No one was allowed to leave the city and all transportation to the outside world was closed. The World Health Organization declared a global health crisis and the Center for Disease Control declared a public health crisis. Airlines including United, Lufthansa, and Air Astana have suspended flights to China. Many countries have also had evacuation flights. The US chartered a 747 from Wuhan to Anchorage to the Mainland US, where the passengers have been quarantined.

 

Symptoms and Spread of 2019-nCov

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath. These may appear as soon as 2 days after infection or up to 14 days after infection. Being in close proximity to an infected person will increase your chances of contracting the disease. 

 

How to prevent it?

Face masks may work although they are not 100% foolproof. Keeping normal hygiene habits like washing your hands, not sneezing into the hand, and avoiding infected persons. There is not a lot of information on the disease since it is so new.