Rise of the Coronavirus

China’s emergent infection is the world's newest epidemic, with more than 28,000 cases, 12 of which are in the U.S. 2020 is off to a great start.

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New York Times

People fill the streets of Macau, China, donning face masks to protect from the spreading Coronavirus.

The infamous Coronavirus that broke out following December of 2019 has now been dubbed the next plague by concerned citizens all around the world. The virus itself affects the respiratory system, and its symptoms are similar to the common cold; runny nose, coughing, and sore throat. This infection only becomes life-threatening when it reaches the windpipe and lungs, causing pneumonia.

With 28,000 confirmed cases globally and over 600 fatalities, the virus has proved itself alarming to citizens and doctors alike, as the world rushes to find a vaccine.

“There have been a lot of jokes and memes about the virus, but in all seriousness, it’s actually pretty scary,” Sophomore Kelsey Poulsen said.

“I think the fact we don’t have a cure for it yet is what really scares people.””

— Kelsey Poulsen

Juan Diego students are fearful about the Coronavirus, as it remains a rising and spreading epidemic. Though the only people who may have reason to fear fatal symptoms are the elderly, and those with heart disease and weakened immune symptoms.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A map showing all the countries with confirmed cases of the Coronavirus as of February 4.

If you have family and friends who have recently traveled to China and are showing cold-like symptoms, a visit to the doctor should be in order. Otherwise, while this is a concerning illness with no cure, the spread of the infection to Utah is fairly unlikely and only those who have recently traveled to China will need to worry about infection.