Coronavirus spreads across the globe, increasing death toll

Natalia Kirilova, Reporter

The coronavirus has taken the lives of thousands, and has infected almost 100,000 people across the globe.

First identified, in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has spread globally, including to locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Russia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of February 5th, there have been 99 total cases in the United States, with 10 total deaths. Massachusetts, California, and Illinois are three of thirteen states affected by the coronavirus.

According to worldometer, approximately 97,910 cases have been documented, of which have resulted in more than 3,353 deaths. This means that so far, only about 3% of coronavirus cases have ended in death. However, many doctors do suspect that the amount of coronavirus cases and deaths are undercounted, as many hospitals are under pressure to test for the virus.

The CDC suggests that travelers avoid nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. These countries are considered under Level 3 Travel Health Notice. The CDC also recommends that travel to Japan be reconsidered for those with chronic medical conditions.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is a zoonotic virus that can cause illnesses varying from a common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Signs of coronavirus include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms may occur in as quickly as two days, after exposure, or as long as 14. Infection can even lead to severe illnesses such as pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.

At the moment, there is no vaccine for coronavirus. And even once a vaccine is found, it will take at least 12 months to make sure it is safe enough for the public. Medical officials suggest to wash your hands frequently, sneeze and cough into your elbow, and clean and disinfect surfaces and countertops often. According to Business Insider, an effective hand sanitizer will have an alcohol content between 60% and 95%.