Wuhan Coronavirus: What you should know

The corona virus is taking over hospitals in China and killing hundreds of people.

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The corona virus is taking over hospitals in China and killing hundreds of people.

Emily Sackadorf, Staff Writer

A new deadly epidemic called the Coronavirus is rampaging everywhere around the world. Found in late 2019this microbe was identified as a mysterious illness believed to have emerged from a seafood market in Wuhan China to 28 other countries including the United States. In some cases, scientist call this viruszoonotic, meaning it can be transferred from animal to human, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The first appearance of this sickness started out with the symptoms of a mild cold. This includes a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, headache, and low fever. These symptoms have led to more severe respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and bronchitis. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the virus is a spike protein that enters the host cells and infects the genetic material causing the functions to be ineffective. However, this is not the first time we have seen this illness around the world. 

From 2002 to 2003, there were over 8,000 people infected with this manifestationIn 2002 this virus flared up in the southern province of Guangdong, China. The germ spread from trading goods across East Asia. The outbreak affected 26 countries and resulted in over 8,000 deaths in 2003. Currently in 2020, at least 150 million cases have been documented between 28 countries. During an interview with Nurith Aizenman, a correspondent with the world Health Organization (WHO)The case count worldwide has topped 150 million and are still expecting more.” 

Doctors across the globe are working together to solve this novel virus. Dr. Laura Evans, a critical care specialist at the University of Washington, claims there is no specific drug that can kill this sickness. So instead, they provide what is known as supportive care. The strategy of supportive care is to do whatever’s possible to keep vital organ systems functioning…”  

Explained by doctors, trying to fight with the pathogens in the patient’s bodies are very difficult. Each person has their own way of getting rid of illnesses, some stronger than others. Although it is difficult, doctors will still seek for a cure to diminish this deadly infection.